Each November, Maryland's cities and towns celebrate Municipal Government Works Month to promote resident awareness of and interest in the day-to-day functions of their local government. Hyattsville is taking this opportunity to show you a behind the scenes (BTS) look at what we do for our residents: from legislative initiatives to trash removal and street maintenance and City-wide events and celebrations.

Please participate in the "Get to Know Your Councilmembers" Forums featured on this project to engage with your Councilmembers and the residents within your Wards.   

BONUS: Each week during MGW Month, we will be featuring a municipal department under the "Employee Spotlight." Follow our social media platforms for the BTS look!

Please share your own experiences with your Municipal Government with the hashtag #MGWMonth and tag the City of Hyattsville. Follow us here: 

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Attachment: Document - City of Hyattsville Ward Map

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Please use this map to identify your Ward within the City. You may also use the following interactive map to determine your Ward: Residency Verification Page

Council Vice President Kevin Ward (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Council Vice President Ward serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Bart Lawrence (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Lawrence serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Planning Committee. 

Councilmember Robert Croslin (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Croslin serves as a Council Liaison to the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Teen Advisory Committee.

I grew up in Baltimore City where I attended public schools and completed college and graduate school. I earned my undergraduate degree in fine arts and a masters degree in landscape architecture. I received another diploma from Bowman Technical School in jewelry design and repair. 

Sometime after my wife Dyann and I met in Baltimore, she took a job with the Federal Government in Washington DC and we moved to Hyattsville to shorten her commute. At the time the two local newspapers were the Gazette and the Sentinel. I read in one of the papers that an artists' group was forming (The Hyattsville Community Artist Alliance) and with some encouragement from Dyann, I joined. This was the beginning of my community involvement. We now have two adult children (Kigen and Chike) who were raised here. They participated in activities in Hyattsville that contributed to their growth. They were the stimulus that kept me involved in the happenings of our City, and what a wonderful city it turned out to be! 

 

Councilmember Shani Warner (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2011. Councilmember Warner serves as a Council Liaison to the Hyattsville Environment Committee.

I grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where my parents worked for the state government. I first moved to the Washington, DC area in 1991, where I studied Classical Humanities and Philosophy at Georgetown University. I spent my junior year in Ireland at the School of Classics at Trininty College, Dublin. After college graduation, I moved to Santa Fe NM, where i received a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from St. John's College. From there I moved to Ann Arbor, MI, to study law at the University of Michigan Law School. I loved law school and interspersed my practical classes with ones like "Blood Fueds," where we read medieval Icelandic sagas, and "What Makes a Good Life and What Should Government Do About it?" The latter class turned out to be more useful than I could have predicted at the time. I returned to DC in 2000 to embark on my legal career. In my professional life, I am a practicing attorney at a large law firm in downtown DC, where I supervise teams of attorneys in high-stakes, complex litigation, representing companies and individuals in a full range of state, federal, administrative, and international matters. 

In 2008 I moved to Hyattsville with my now-husband when we bought our first home together. Two years later he proposed to me on the front steps of our Hyattsville home with a pressed penny machine showing scenes from our neighborhood. I quickly became involved in our new community and worked to bring a community garden to Hyattsville. I ran for the Hyattsville City Council in 2011, campaigning door-to-door while pregnant, and was sworn into offfice a couple of months before our daughter was born. On the Council, my emphasis has been on community building and expanding civic participation. I've spent years thinking about the obligations of participatory democracy and the ways we collectively make and remake rules to make our communities better and more just. I've spent the past seven years trying to put theory into practice. 

 

Councilmember Carrianna Suiter (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2017. Councilmember Suiter serves as a Council Liaison to the Education Advisory Committee and the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Tom Wright (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Councilmember Wright serves as a Council Liaison to the Hyattsville Environment Committee and the Planning Committee. 

Councilmember Paula Perry (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 1999. Councilmember Perry serves as a Council Liaison to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee and the Police and Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Committee. 

Council President Edouard Haba (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Council President Haba serves as a Council Liaison to the Code Compliance Advisory Committee. 

Councilmember Erica Spell (Term: 2017-2021) was first elected to the City Council in 2017. Councilmember Spell serves as a Council Liaison to the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee. 

The Hon. Erica M. Spell is a Councilmember for Ward 5 in the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. She serves as a Council Liaison for the Police and Public Safety Advisory Committee. In addition to serving on the Hyattsville City Council, Ms. Spell is a federal government contractor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With more than 8 years in the international development field, Ms. Spell has held various roles in business, program, and training development at Heifer International, Ray Group International, an Creative Associates International. During her undergraduate tenure at Howard University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Ms. Spell interned for the high-profile, Senate Foreign Relations Committee then chaired by then Senator Vice President Joseph Biden along with Committee Members that included President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton. She also interned for the United States Consulate in Strasbourg, France, studied abroad in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and has volunteered or worked in countries throughout the Caribbean, South America, East Africa, and Europe. She earned a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from American University with a concentration in International Management. Ms. Spell is a proud member of the Young Elected Officials Network. She is currently enrolled in the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy and recently returned to Howard University to pursue a doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science. Ms. Spell enjoys reading, traveling, singing on the worship team at her church, spending quality time with friends and family, and participating in educational activities with her 6-year old daughter, Zoe. 

 

Councilmember Joseph Solomon (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2013. Councilmember Lawrence serves as a Council Liaison to the Health, Wellness and Recreation Advisory Committee. 

 

Mayor Candace B. Hollingsworth (Term: 2015-2019) was first elected to the City Council in 2011 as a Ward 1 Councilmember.