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Government


Overview

The Town of University Park has its own municipal government, consisting of an elected mayor and seven council members that represent the seven wards of the town. Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays each month at the University Park Elementary School, 4315 Underwood Street, in the media center. The debates are often lively, as the future of University Park is always a matter of interest and discussion. Although the issues change, the preservation of the charm and character of the town is of the utmost concern.

Office of the Mayor

Lenford "Len" Carey, Mayor
4308 Van Buren Street
(240) 338-2826
Mayor@upmd.org

Len Carey is a Federal retiree with over 30 years working for the Department of Agriculture as a forester, speechwriter, program analyst, communications director, and science writer. He has also been a forestry association executive and marketer.

Len grew up in a small town in upstate New York, and received a Bachelor of Science from the SUNY College of Forestry in Syracuse. After graduate study and military service, he settled in the Washington area in 1972. He and his family have lived on Van Buren Street in University Park since 2004. They are members of the University Park Civic Association.

First elected to the Council in 2009, Len supports effective and responsive government, improved tree and park maintenance, strong local schools, and active engagement with neighboring communities to clean up the stream and shape development along the Route 1 corridor.

Len welcomes suggestions, ideas, concerns, comments from all residents. The best way to bring these to his attention is either directly when you see him, or via e-mail at Mayor@upmd.org. You can also call him on his cell, at (240) 338-2826.

Council Members

Click here to see a map of UP and determine which ward you are in.

Joe Thompson, Ward One
(240) 770-1358
Ward1@upmd.org

James C. Gekas, Ward Two
4113 Tennyson Road
(301) 864-2734
Ward2@upmd.org

James Gekas was born and raised in Lake Linden, a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  He attended Michigan Technological University and received BS Electrical Engineering in 1968.  After two years in the Army, he returned to the same college and graduated in 1972 with a Master of Science degree in Physics.

Since 1979, Jim and his wife, Lynne, have made their home in University Park, and have three adult children.  He retired in 2009 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after 36 years as an energy advisor.

Jim is currently the treasurer of University Park Community Solar LLC and intends to pursue the development of solar installations in and around our community.  He is happy to have the opportunity to participate, and determined to make the quality of life in the Town even better while preserving its uniqueness.

Bradlee W. Hess, Ward Three
(202) 531-5347
ward3@upmd.org

Linda Verrill, Ph.d. Ward Four
4202 Van Buren Street
(301) 927-6743
Ward4@upmd.org

David Caskey, Ward Five
6800 Pineway
(301) 699-8785
ward5@upmd.org

Michael Cron, Ward Six
3901 Underwood Street
(301)277-4718
ward6@upmd.org

Roy Alvarez, Ward Seven
4103 Van Buren Street
(301) 779-6746
Ward7@upmd.org

Roy was born in New Jersey but spent most of his early years in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s from the American University in Washington, DC. He also did additional coursework at the University of Maryland. Roy was employed by the Prince George’s County Public Schools for 30 years, first as a teacher, then as a counselor, and finally as a school psychologist in the Special Education Department. Following his retirement from the school system, he worked 10 more years as a part-time facilities manager in the Libraries at the University of Maryland before fully retiring in 2011.

Roy and his wife, Beth, have lived in University Park since 1994. Both Roy and his wife have lived and worked in Prince George’s County since 1968, and they appreciate the diversity of the area.

Roy welcomes your suggestions and comments about life in University Park. Please feel free to contact him by email at Ward7@upmd.org or by telephone at 301-779-6746.

Office of the Treasurer

Daniel R. Baden
(301) 927-4262
treasurer@upmd.org

Employed as the Town Treasurer since March 1994.

Responsibilities include full charge of all accounting functions through financial statement preparation. Includes assisting in budget preparation, all payroll and accounts payable functions, management of all revenue and expenditures, all cash management, preparation of monthly treasurer's report for town meeting, coordinate with outside auditors for annual audit as required by the State of Maryland, administer health, life and 401(k) benefit plans as well as all general insurance policies and workers compensation policies and claims.

Also serves as the Treasurer for the City of District Heights since 1992 and the Town of Colmar Manor since 1990. Received Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland in May 1985. Passed Certified Public Accounting examination in November 1988.

Born and raised in Prince George's County and lived in the County until 1993 at which time he moved to Anne Arundel County. Just celebrated 25th anniversary with his wife Toni. He has a son, James, and a daughter, Shannon.

Enjoys the outdoors in free time including waterskiing, alpine skiing and basketball and coaches youth soccer and baseball teams with the local Boys & Girls Club.

(Dan is in the office Monday afternoons, and all day Thursdays.)

Town Clerk

Tracey J Toscano
(301) 927-4262
ttoscano@upmd.org

(Assistant Town Clerk)
Andrea Marcavitch
(301) 927-4262
amarcavitch@upmd.org

Town Rental/Housing Officer

Code Compliance Officer
Craig Brown
(301) 927-4262
cbrown@upmd.org

Craig Brown is managing the Town's rental license applications and inspections.
Council Documents

Council Meeting Agendas

Council Meeting Minutes

Proposed Legislation

Current Legislation

Budget

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