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Chesapeake Beach Councilman Stewart B. Cumbo was recently appointed to the National League of Cities 2012 Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Advocacy Committee.

“I was very happy to be appointed,” Cumbo said. “I think it’s very important to have an input on the committee, especially from a small town. It’s good to be representing in the committee on the behalf of the local community.”

Cumbo, who served on the board of directors and is also a past president of the Maryland Municipal League, said he was selected to be part of the committee by the executive director of the Maryland Municipal League to represent Maryland in the NLC.

The committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control, according to a press release.

Cumbo said as part of the committee, he will look at national issues involving public safety and he hopes to bring some new and innovative ideas to advocate on behalf of the community. The committee meets several times a year, according to the NLC website, and Cumbo said these meetings will allow him to “advocate on behalf of cities and towns nationally with legislation that will impact cities and towns in reference to public safety issues.”

Committee members serve a one-year term and are eligible annually for reappointment, according to the NLC website.

The NLC is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance, according to the press release. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com