Rushern L. Baker III has had great success as Prince George’s County’s county executive, but now he is taking on an additional, bigger role. Baker will now serve as the County Executives of America’s (CEA) board president.
County Executives of America is currently the only non-partisan association dedicated specifically to chief elected officers from over 720 counties and consolidated city/counties across the nation. Additionally, CEA represents chief elected officers before Congress, the White House, and all federal departments.
Baker will serve a 2-year term, succeeding Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who served as CEA president from 2012-2014. “It is an incredible honor and privilege to lead County Executives of America and follow the great work of my friend and mentor, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett,” Baker said in a news release.
“Throughout this nation, county executives are responsibility for leading 56 percent of the American population and they play a critical role in protecting the homes, educating citizens, and providing other essential services needed in their communities. Unlike mayors and governors, most county executives are not known outside of their local jurisdictions and regions. It is my goal is to educate the public on the issues that counties face and raise the visibility of these important public officials who affect the lives of so many Americans.”
CEA started with county executives coming together, believing that the job of the chief elected officer of a county was too important to overlook. CEA’s current membership includes county executives, county judges, parish and borough presidents, city-county mayors, commission presidents and chairs, and all county leaders elected at-large by the public constituency.
The headquarters of CEA is in Washington D.C., where they bring together top-level local officials to discuss and determine policy on wide-ranging issues that affect local governments and the people they serve. “Rushern L. Baker III represents the best that America has to offer in terms of leadership,” Executive Director of CEA Michael Griffin said. “I’m sure that with his integrity and energy our organization will not only continue to grow and prosper but will be the leader for service delivery to the American people.”
“I was very proud to have served as board president of County Executives of America (CEA) and have the opportunity to lead this great organization as we have emerged from trying times for local governments,” Leggett said in a news release. “I am delighted to turn over the reins to my very good friend and capable colleague Rushern Baker. I know through his wise leadership skills and vision, he will help move CEA forward to accomplish even greater success.”