Baker taps lawyer Manuel Geraldo for Prince George’s planning board

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, has nominated Manuel Geraldo, a lawyer and former member of his transition team, to the fifth spot on the county’s planning board, completing an effort to remake the panel with his own appointees.

Geraldo, of Fort Washington, would replace John H. Squire, the last of the appointees of Baker’s predecessor Jack B. Johnson (D). Squire, who also served as a member of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning’s audit committee, has served on the Prince George’s planning board since 2003. The Prince George’s planning board is part of the bi-county commission, which oversees development and parks in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The board reviews residential and commercial development plans that are then sent to the council for review and approval.

Geraldo’s nomination is subject to approval by the Prince George’s County Council; if the council does not act within 30 days, the nomination would stand. The part-time position pays $25,000 annually.

He would be the second member of his family to join the Baker administration. His son, Alex Geraldo, has been a parttime employee working in Annapolis and Upper Marlboro for Baker. Alex Geraldo is soon to begin a fulltime job as a community affairs liaison in the administration. His salary has not yet been finalized, a spokesman for Baker said.

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Miranda Spivack writes about government and politics in the suburbs, based in the Post’s bureau in Largo in Prince George’s County.
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