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Mayor and Town Council

The Town of University Park has its own municipal government, consisting of an elected Mayor and seven Councilmembers that represent the seven wards of the Town. Council meeting 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.

Common Council consists of seven members and a Mayor who shall be elected as set forth in Article V of the Town Charter. The Mayor and Councilmembers shall each hold office for a term of two years. No person shall serve in the same elected position for more than three consecutive two-year terms.

The Council shall have the power to pass all such ordinances and resolutions not contrary to the constitution, the State of Maryland or the Town Charter (Town Charter, Article IV, Section 402).

Council meetings are held on the FIRST and THIRD Mondays each month, with the exception of holidays, at the University Park Elementary School, 4315 Underwood Street, in the library/media center.

Office of the Mayor

The Mayor shall see that the ordinances of the Town are faithfully executed and shall be the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the Town government (Town Charter, Article IV, Section 401).

Len Carey
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 email. You can also call him on his cell phone.

Office: (301) 927-4262
Cell: (240) 338-2826
Twitter: @Mayor_LenCarey


Click here to view a ward map of University Park to determine which ward you live in and learn who is your Councilmember representative.

Joe Thompson, Ward One
(240) 770-1358

Councilmember Joe Thompson has lived at 4403 Sheridan Street in University Park since 2007. He works as an assistant director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. As an Eagle Scout working at GAO, Joe helps the federal government "Be Prepared" for the impacts of climate change on the nation's finances, among other issues. His work and schooling reflect a love of the outdoors and the Great Lakes, as he was born in Wisconsin and raised in Illinois and Michigan.

Click here for more information on Joe's professional qualifications. Contact Joe with questions or comments.

Joe Schultz, Ward Two
(301) 892-6314

Councilmember Joe Schultz was born and raised in Detroit. He and his wife, Sandy, have lived in University Park since 2011. Since 2010 he’s been the director of communications for the International Council on Clean Transportation, headquartered in D.C. At previous points in his career he worked for an international development organization, a scholarly society, a software company, a municipal league, and a civil rights organization, among other places. He holds a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, and served on the Planning Commission and the Historic District Commission for the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, before moving to Maryland. He does not coach soccer.

Bradlee W. Hess, Ward Three
(202) 531-5347

Councilmember Brad Hess and his wife, Cindy, started their family of three sons in 1987, shortly after they moved from Phoenix to Hyattsville. They have lived next door to Town Hall in University Park since 2003. Their white Tibetan terrier, Martha, is probably the shaggiest and most recognized family member. Brad manages an export-development program for the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Among other issues, Brad is concerned with preserving and improving UP's quality of life.

Linda Verrill, Ph.D. Ward Four
(301) 927-6743

Councilmember Linda Verrill, Ph.D., has lived on Van Buren Street in Ward 4 since 2000. She is married and has one son who went to UPES from kindergarten through 6th grade. Linda grew up in Honolulu and lived for 10 years in Hilo, Hawaii. Graduate school brought her to the mainland and eventually to UP. Currently, she is a social scientist at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park. Linda has been heavily involved in UP community activities, regularly volunteering with the UPCA, chairing the UPES Mayfair for 3 years, chairing the UPCA Mutt Strut for 4 years, and joining the council as the Ward 4 representative in 2016. On the Council, Linda chairs the Policy, Rules, and Municipal Structure Committee which developed the specs for the new town website. She is a member of the Police, Traffic, and Public Safety Committee (the little blue directional signs in Ward 2 were Linda’s idea). Linda's personal mission is to help others, be productive and positive, and have fun. She believes in the importance of inclusiveness, freedom, truth, honor, fiscal responsibility, and having a shared vision and goals.

David Caskey, Ward Five
(301) 699-8785

Councilmember David Caskey has lived in University Park since 2000, after 10 years in Hyattsville and 15 years in DC. A military brat, David was born in Alabama, lived in Great Britain, and was educated mostly in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. David and his spouse, Mimi Engler, have one daughter, Aurora, who attended UP Elementary. David worked in various positions with the House of Representatives for 20 years, including the House Rules Committee, and as a civilian Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy for 15 years. David cares very much about enhancing and protecting the quality of life in Town, and in encouraging responsible development and transportation policies in Prince George's County.

Martha Wells, Ward Six

Councilmember Martha McCart Wells has been a University Park resident since 2008. She retired in 2016 from her consulting firm, Spatial Focus, which specializes in street addressing and geographic information for local governments throughout the United States. Martha was born in Minnesota, grew up in the San Francisco area, and has lived in Atlanta, Birmingham, and a few other places on her way to Maryland. She has a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, and worked as a planner, community development director, coastal zone manager, and GIS manager for local governments in California, Saipan and Georgia. She and her business partner started their own company in 1998.

Martha and her husband, Ed, have five grown children and five grandchildren. They live on 40th Avenue in Ward 6. Martha is active in St. Matthew’s/San Mateo Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, and is also an avid gardener, knitter, weaver, and cook.

As a member of the Town Council, her issues include stronger cooperation with our neighboring municipalities, especially with respect to development projects and stormwater management, effective and economical town services, and an emphasis on enhancing our community of amazing citizens.

Roy Alvarez, Ward Seven
(301) 779-6746

Councilmember Roy Alvarez 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, D.C. 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 if you have any questions.

Ethics Commission

This Commission is appointed by the Mayor with Consent of Council, per Section 12-102 of the Town Ordinances.

Chair: Constance Belfiore
Commissioner: David Crocker
Commissioner: Melanie Aclander

Click here to view Ethics Commission minutes and agendas.
2018 Town Council Meeting Schedule

2018 Meeting Schedule

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Five-year Strategic Plan


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