Baker takes charge of troubled Prince George’s as executive

UPPER MARLBORO — Rushern Baker is set to take the oath of office as the new Prince George’s County executive.

He replaces Jack Johnson, who’s been indicted on corruption charges. Johnson was led away from his home in handcuffs last month, accused of tampering with evidence of possible bribes from developers.

Baker is a lawyer and former state delegate who ran against Johnson in 2002 and 2006. He says he wants to improve transparency in county government and end its “pay for play” political culture.

Baker will be sworn in Monday morning. He told The Associated Press in a preinaugural interview that he expects quite a bit of turnover in county government. He says the reputation of Prince George’s has taken a hit in recent weeks but that people view it as a place with a lot of potential.

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  1. Congratulations to unseating ethically challenged johnson!!
    Now, less talk and MORE actions toward a decent, more honest

    Anne Arundel County is crudy to…they just have not reached such a public level. There is police corruption, county executive misuse, abuse, bias and lack of integrity and ethics dating back to the slimy and too often alcohol drinking Lighthizer (what pond scum he is) to john leopold and his questionable harassment of women!

    If he hits on the ‘right’ female he is going to find himself
    singing soprano if he’s lucky…Anyway, Anne Arundel County has dirty, lying, cheating politicians as well.

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