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Date: Oct 4, 2017

Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” reports on how the County is preparing for increased storm intensity and flooding potential, spotlights the good work of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, and offers helpful flu prevention advice from the Health Department.

In Case You Missed It – Catch up on recent Baltimore County headlines.

Education Foundation of BCPS – Executive Director Debbie Phelps shares how you can help them support County schools.

Get the Shot, Not the Flu! – Follow this Health Department doctor’s advice to keep your family healthy this winter.

Floods Happen, Even Here! – County experts explain floodplains, flood insurance and how the County is preparing for rising sea levels.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page at . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

28-Year Department Veteran Has Risen Through the Ranks 

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that he is recommending Gail Watts to be promoted to lead the Baltimore County Department of Corrections (BCDC). Watts, a 28-year veteran of the department and a decorated Army veteran, is currently serving as Acting Director, pending the retirement of Director Deborah Richardson. Her promotion to Director will require County Council approval.

“Gail Watts is a natural leader who balances strong operational discipline with a compassionate people-centered approach that inspires her staff to excel, while at the same time ensuring that the people incarcerated at our detention center have the opportunity to turn their lives around through education, mental health and substance abuse treatment and vocational training,” Kamenetz said. He noted that when Watts was named BCDC employee of the year in 2008, the vote among all department staff was unanimous.

Watts is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the County Detention Center, including programs, security, building operations, budget and finance, staff training and support service contracts. She oversaw the Department’s transition to direct supervision and was instrumental in overhauling the facility’s mental health unit. She started in the Department in September 1990 as a Correctional Officer and served in various positions of increasing responsibility in which she managed work release and home detention programs, staff training, inmate employment, staffing and policy analysis, staff disciplinary procedures, regulatory compliance, and more.

Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Touro University in California and is pursuing her master’s degree in youth and family counseling at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, with an expected graduation date next fall. She served in the United States Army for 30 years, specializing in mission readiness and logistics, and received meritorious service medals for both of her two deployments to Kuwait where she conducted military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the war on terrorism.

“I am honored to be asked to take on this new leadership role and continue to achieve the standards of excellence we are proud to maintain at Baltimore County Department of Corrections,” said Watts.

Director Deborah Richardson Retiring After 38 Years in the Corrections Field

Deborah Richardson will retire from her role as Director on October 13. During her 15 year tenure with Baltimore County, she led the team responsible for coordinating the consolidation and expansion of the County’s correctional facilities. She has been integral in the process of developing policies and procedures to effectively administer this state-of-the art direct supervision facility. 

“I have tremendous respect for Deborah Richardson and sincerely commend for her leadership, which has helped to make our detention center one of the most effective and well-managed facilities in the region,” Kamenetz said. “I wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

Revised September 11, 2017