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Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II (D) will serve as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ corporate secretary-treasurer.

He will fulfill the term of office begun Dec. 14 by Candice Quinn Kelly (D), president of the Charles County commissioners.

Collins’ term will expire in December 2013, although re-election is possible.

“It is truly an honor to be able to serve COG in this leadership role,” Collins said in a news release. “I look forward to being a part of an organization that meets the information needs of local governments, the private sector and individuals interested in regional issues.”

COG’s members annually elect four corporate officers: president, two vice presidents and secretary-treasurer.

COG bylaws outline the roles and responsibilities of the secretary-treasurer, which include several duties concerning fiscal oversight, such as meeting with COG staff on COG’s financial status and presenting a summary financial report to the COG board each quarter.

The secretary-treasurer also serves as a member of the Budget and Finance and the Employee Compensation and Benefits Review committees.

Founded in 1957, COG is an independent, nonprofit association comprised of elected officials from 22 local governments, members of the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and members of the U.S. Congress.