Montgomery County Council selects Kathy Gugulis and Christopher Danley to serve on the County Charter Review Commission for 2020
Every two years, the County Charter Review Commission (CRC) completes a review and report suggesting potential Charter amendments.
This is critically important for upkeep and management of the Montgomery County Charter, created in 1968. It also determines much of how local politics is governed. The members of the Charter Review Commission are appointed to four year terms, by the County Council, and it is split between Republican and Democratic appointments, and a limit of 6 appointments may be made from the same political party. The County Council made two new Republican appointments this season, Katherine Gugulis and Christopher Danley. Kathy Gugulis is a Montgomery County resident for over forty years. She is a retired Federal Senior Executive and has been granted numerous awards throughout her tenure, including, Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, Chief’s Circle of Excellence Award, American Society of Public Administration Award from the Center of Accountability, and two USDA Secretary Honor Awards. Ms. Gugulis has been published many times regarding land and water use issues throughout her career. Ms. Gugulis is excited for the opportunity and stated, “Good government is essential to the county having a healthy economy that supports its diverse and vibrant community. I welcome input from others about any issues or changes they feel should be considered by the Charter Review Commission to ensure that all voices have fair representation in the county.”
Christopher Danley is an attorney with Baker Botts, LLP, representing clients on environmental cases. He has been a Montgomery County resident since 2014. He is an active member of the Kenwood Neighborhood Association. Mr. Danley is excited about the appointment and is, “looking forward to hearing what issues are on the minds of the people of Montgomery County and to being able to get to work.”
Both of these appointments come in a critical year. In 2022, Montgomery County will complete redistricting for council member boundaries. The redistricting process is laid out in the Charter. This newly formed 2020 Charter Review Commission will be the last one to suggest any changes to the Charter prior to the 2022 redistricting.
In addition to the new appointments of both Kathy Gugulis and Christopher Danley, the County Council also re-appointed Larry Lauer to the commission to his second four year term.