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Cumberland, Maryland (Municipal Government)

Municipal Government Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Cumberland was put under a commission form of government, with a two year term for mayor and city councilmen.

4.       Why was there a change to this system?

Under the ward system, a councilman could serve on as many as five different committees and be in part responsible for not only the committees on which he served but also in part responsible for the overall city government, whereas under the commission system the councilmen would be responsible for one department.

5.       What were and are the duties of the commissioners in this system of
government ?

Now, as in 1910, after the election the mayor and city council meet and elect commissioners to fill the positions as follows: commissioner of finance and revenue, commissioner of water and electric light works, and commissioner of streets and public property. The commissioner of police and fire is the head of the police department as well as the fire department, the traffic department, and responsible for policing and maintaining parking lots and parking meters, and the parking garage, the fire inspection bureau, and guarding school crossings. He or she is also responsible for the Cumberland Police Department numbering eighty-one men and women, and the twenty-four pieces of motorized equipment of the Cumberland Police Department. Police headquarters, command headquarters and cell block are in the Public Safety Building at Frederick and North Liberty Streets. A new police-fire building, costing three million dollars


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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