Rockville Selects New Planning Department Director

Ricky Barker Named Community Planning and Development Services Leader

Ricky Barker

Rockville, Maryland, May 23 — Ricky Barker, a planning professional with more than three decades of experience, has been selected as the new director of the City of Rockville’s Community Planning and Development Services department, City Manager Rob DiSpirito announced today.

“I’m confident Ricky will continue Rockville’s commitment to vibrant, family-friendly neighborhoods, balanced growth and a sustainable future,” DiSpirito said. “He brings a wealth of vision and experience to the position. I’m excited to introduce him to his talented, professional team, and to the Rockville community.”

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Rockville Names Victor Brito as
Police Chief

New Hire Brings 27 Years of Experience in Law Enforcement

Victor Brito will be Rockville’s next police chief, City Manager Rob DiSpirito announced May 22.

Brito has more than 27 years in law enforcement, most recently as Hagerstown’s police chief.

Brito’s career included 25 years with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., retiring with the rank of captain. Continue reading “Rockville Names Victor Brito as
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Rockville’s Mayor and Council Adopt $136.2 Million Budget

Property Tax Rate Remains Constant for the 10th Consecutive Year

Rockville residents will pay the same property tax rate as they have for the last ten fiscal years, after the Mayor and Council on May 14 approved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Rockville’s FY 2019 operating budget equals $136.2 million. Budget highlights include funding for: Continue reading “Rockville’s Mayor and Council Adopt $136.2 Million Budget”

Metro Seeks Feedback on Red Line Service Alternatives

Metro is considering two alternatives that would increase rail service at the Shady Grove, Rockville, Twinbrook and White Flint stations during rush hour and limit the number of trains that turn back at Grosvenor-Strathmore.

The agency is seeking input from riders, via a survey, on how those changes would affect their commute. Feedback from the survey will be provided to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors in July. If any adjustments are approved, they will take place in December.

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Experience Yoga’s Peace and Calm in Town Square

Find a warm namaste in Rockville’s Town Square with the free Yoga in Our City program, and let the sun shine on your salutations with this outside yoga class for beginners, from noon-12:45 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Studies have shown yoga helps lower blood pressure, increases flexibility and relaxes your mind.

All ages are welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle, and call ahead to the weather line at 240-314-5023 to check the status of the class.