The following was among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-3182.
COUNCIL APPOINTMENT -- The County Council, in a 7 to 1 vote, appointed State Delegate Anne MacKinnon to replace James M. Herl as council representative for the third council district, which includes Riverdale and College Park.
Herl resigned May 31. He is awaiting sentencing on cocaine possession charges.
MacKinnon, 33, first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1987, represents the 22nd District, which includes the town of Riverdale. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland.
Known in the State House as a moderate, MacKinnon was recruited to run for the post when political leaders deadlocked over Herl's replacement.
The council vote followed a complicated nomination procedure that drew criticism from candidates and from some council members for not permitting sufficient public participation in the selection of Herl's replacement.
Under the county charter, the political party of a resigning council member nominates candidates for the position. Since Herl is a Democrat, the Democratic Central Committee held a public hearing May 23 to allow candidates to come forward and express an interest in the job. The committee forwarded to the council the names of three residents from the eight who sought the position.
The other two names proffered were Rose Marie Hurdle, a New Carrollton City Council member, and Regina J. McNeill, a Berwyn Heights Town Council member and president of the Maryland Municipal League.
"I agree with everyone who says the process was shameful," said council member Sue V. Mills, who voted for MacKinnon but said she believed a special election should be held to fill County Council vacancies. "We have no business sitting here voting on a representative. It should be the people who will be represented by the individual" who should decide on the council member, she said.
Council member Floyd Wilson voted against the appointment, saying the council was merely "rubber-stamping" a "back-room" selection made earlier by county political leaders.
"My concern is not the candidates," Wilson said. "It's the process. . . It should be open and candidates should be presented to the entire constituency that they will serve."
But Council Chairperson Joann Bell defended the selection procedure, saying it was legal and that there had been sufficient public discussion of all candidates.