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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga January 2023

Newly elected County Council Leaders Chair Tom Dernoga and Vice Chair Wala Blegay

Council Member Dernoga to Chair County Council

On December 6, the Prince George's County Council elected District 1 Council Member Tom Dernoga as the Chair of the County Council for the 2023 Legislative Year. This will be Councilman Dernoga's third time serving as Chair of the County Council, having served as Council Chair in 2006 and 2010. He also served as Vice Chair of the Council in 2005 and 2009. Council Member Dernoga's tenure on the Council has been noted for his leadership on environmental, historical, and agricultural preservation issues and smart growth. Wala Blegay, Council Member for District 6, was elected as Vice Chair to serve alongside Council member Dernoga. They are committed to bringing government to the People.

Future Council Sessions and How to be Involved

The Prince George's County Council will begin County Council meetings and County Council Committee meetings in January 2023.

The Council will focus on essential opportunities for prioritizing and addressing key concerns of residents through policy and legislation, with County and business, labor, and nonprofit community leaders, as expressed in the Council's People's Agenda – open government; service delivery; protecting the environment; smart and quality community development; supporting working families; increasing opportunity for local minority development; and access to quality healthcare.

In the past, County Council and Committee sessions have been held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That is likely to continue, but residents may watch sessions live and submit testimony during the appropriate hearing here: ( come January 2023. Watch our first Council Session from December 6, 2022, here: (

Snow and Ice News

During a snow and ice event, we ask you to wait 48 hours after the precipitation has stopped to call 311 or 301-883-4748 to report emergencies or concerns about roadway conditions/snow removal.

When a snow emergency is declared, the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is responsible for providing "passable" conditions on a network of more than 1,900 miles of county-maintained roadways to ensure the safety of residents and travelers. You may view the Public Snow Event Suite here:

You are responsible for clearing the snow from your driveway. Shoveling your driveway after the road has been plowed is best to avoid having driveways blocked by snow plowing operations. Unfortunately, DPW&T does not have the resources available to unblock driveways.

If you have a driveway, use it. A parked car in the driveway means less area to shovel later. If on-street parking must be used, cars must be parked on the even-numbered side of the street during snow operations. Failure to do so could result in a fine and/or towing.

Contact Us

Please keep in touch. Email us at or call 301.952.3887. Se habla Español. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1

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