City Scene

Gaithersburg Police Department Officers Promoted

Gaithersburg Police Department Chief Mark Sroka presented a promotional certificate and badge to two officers at the Dec. 5 Mayor and City Council meeting. Jessica Duke was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and Rico Thompson was promoted from POIII to corporal. Chief Sroka said that their “tenure, job experience, motivation and support from home have enabled them to advance in their careers.”

Residents Needed for City Boards, Commissions and Committees

The Mayor and City Council are seeking members to serve on a number of city boards, commissions and committees. The following have vacancies:

  • Animal Control Board (one alternate public-at-large/business community and one alternate representative of the Montgomery County Veterinary Medical Association; open until filled)
  • Board of Supervisors of Elections (one alternate; open until filled)
  • Community Advisory Committee
  • Cultural Arts Advisory Committee
  • Educational Enrichment Committee
  • Environmental Affairs Committee
  • Multicultural Affairs Committee
  • Police Advisory Committee
  • Senior Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Committee

If you are interested in serving on any of the above, please send a letter of interest and resume to Mayor and City Council, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877, or via email to

Applications for Vacant City Council Position Being Evaluated

A Mayor and City Council Executive Session on Dec. 12 narrowed the selection of candidates for the City Council position left vacant by the passing of Henry Marraffa to five: Jose Contreras, James McNulty, Yvette Monroe, James Rolfes and Laurie-Anne Sayles. These five candidates will be invited to each deliver a three-minute statement at the Mayor and City Council Work Session on Jan. 23, 2017 and participate in evening interviews with City Council members on Jan. 25 and 26.

Selection of the new City Council member will take place in Executive Session on Feb. 6, with the swearing in taking place at a Special Session on Feb. 8, to be immediately followed by a reception in the City Hall Gallery. The selected City Council member will serve until the next municipal election on Nov. 7.

21st Annual Winter Lights Festival Benefits Local Charities

A portion of proceeds from the 21st season of the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park will benefit five local nonprofit organizations. They are the Kentlands Community Foundation, a community-based, not-for-profit organization rooted in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands neighborhood; Baby’s Bounty, providing safety, health and wellness essentials to at-risk infants up to six months of age who are born into poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, and other disadvantaged situations; Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, providing free critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications to the county’s most vulnerable residents; Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, a positive youth development program for girls in third through eighth grades; and Women Who Care Ministries, a faith-inspired, community outreach nonprofit organization devoted to helping hurting people heal.