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Served 18 years, 14 as chairman

After serving the Calvert County Environmental Commission for 14 years as chairman, Brendan Sweeney is stepping down.

Sweeney has been with the commission for 18 years and will now be a non-voting member of the commission.

“I’m stepping back because I want to give others a chance of leadership, and there are some small children that I want to get involved with some of the things they’re doing,” he told the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 25.

The board presented Sweeney with a proclamation for his “dedicated and commendable service.”

During his time on the commission, his leadership was “instrumental on environmental matters and providing outreach on environmental education to the public ... and establishing the Pump for the Bay Contest,” according to the proclamation.

The 11-member environmental commission provides public outreach and environmental education, input and review of county projects and plans from the BOCC and the Department of Community Planning and Building, and determines the effectiveness of county environmental regulations and plans.