Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) will become the new leader of a national organization of city and county government officers, following his Montgomery County counterpart, Ike Leggett, as president of the County Executives of America.

Baker was elected this week by members of the Washington-based nonprofit group, which represents the heads of more than 700 local governments across the country, during a meeting at the National Association of Counties conference in New Orleans. He will serve a two-year term.

“Rushern Baker III represents the best that America has to offer in terms of leadership," said the association's executive director, Michael Griffin. "I’m sure that with his integrity and energy our organization will not only continue to grow and prosper but will be the leader for service delivery to the American people."

Baker is seeking reelection in November after winning the Democratic primary in late June. He was unopposed.

The 55-year-old politician is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was elected to his current office in 2010.

Since coming into office, Baker has presided over record decreases in crime across Prince George's and increased economic development. One of his top goals is to win the federal contract to build the new FBI headquarters in the Washington suburb.