Police Department Awarded Accreditation for Excellence

Officer of the Rockville Police Department receive the certificate of accreditation from CALEA officials.
Officers of the Rockville City Police Department receive the certificate of accreditation from CALEA officials. From the left, Lt. Brian Paul and Major Eric Over, with acting Chief Bob Rappoport second from the right.

Applause greeted news that the Rockville City Police Department has received full accreditation for the next four years from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies during their attendance at CALEA’s conference in Baltimore.

“Thank you to each and every one of you,” Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said.

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Unanimous Support from Mayor and Council Adopts Rockville Pike Plan

Traffic, poor conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists, an aging and unattractive area with little green space — this is how Rockville Pike is today. But with a unanimous vote Monday night to adopt the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan, the city’s Mayor and Council set a vision for redevelopment that will create a more attractive environment to live, work in and visit, with parks and better options for transportation.

“It is a great compromise and we are moving forward with something that will transform the pike … We’ve come a long way and it is a wonderful day,” Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said.

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Rockville City Hall Greets Chinese Delegation with Warm ‘Nǐ Hǎo’

Visitors from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy join City of Rockville officials on the steps of City Hall.
Visitors from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy join City of Rockville officials on the steps of City Hall.

Twenty government and private sector representatives from Singapore visited Rockville City Hall Tuesday, part of a weeklong trip to learn about different levels of the U.S. political system, local government and intergovernmental relations.

The group was made up of 18 graduate students and a professor from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Two-thirds of the group are Chinese students studying at the university in Singapore, which is considered a model government in Asia.

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Environmental Excellence Award Includes Surprise Announcement

James Farrelly, the late Rockville resident and environmental advocate, was awarded an Environmental Excellence Award posthumously during a presentation at the July 11 Mayor and Council meeting, which included a surprise announcement.

Environmental Excellence Awards are selected by the city’s Environment Commission to recognize extraordinary accomplishments made by residents, organizations and businesses to enhance Rockville’s environment and sustainability efforts. Farrelly’s award, the Carl Henn Outstanding Individual Environmental Stewardship Award, was presented to Farrelly’s widow, Anne Goodman. Continue reading “Environmental Excellence Award Includes Surprise Announcement”

Search Launched for New City Manager

Rockville has begun the search for a new city manager to fill the city’s top management spot and will hold two meetings to hear from the public on traits they’d like to see in individuals applying to the post. The Mayor and Council hired The Novak Consulting Group to conduct a national search for Rockville’s new city manager.

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