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Government


Overview

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 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
mayorcarey@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 mayorcarey@upmd.org. You can also call him on his cell, at (240) 338-2826.

Councilmembers

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

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

Councilmember Joe Thompson has lived at 4403 Sheridan Street in University Park since 2007 and works as an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and 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 www.linkedin.com/in/josephdeanthompson for more information on Joe's professional qualifications. Contact Joe with questions or comments.

Joe Schultz, Ward Two
4014 Tennyson Road
(301) 892-6314
jschultz@upmd.org

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

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

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 the importance of having a shared vision and goals.

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

Martha Wells, Ward Six
6813 40th Avenue
(301)864-1735
mwells@upmd.org

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

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, 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 if you have any questions.

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. Dan 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 on Mondays and Thursdays.)

Town Clerk

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

(Assistant Town Clerk)
Andrea D. 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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