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Howard County looks to fill seats on Consumer Protection Advisory Board

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 00:18:30-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County is looking for applicants to fill seats on a Consumer Protection Advisory Board.

The seven member voting board will be designed to have two representatives from consumer interest groups, two defending business interest groups, one to advocate for those at an economic disadvantage, and two others on behalf of the general public.

Their primary responsibilities will be to participate in community functions and advise the Office of Consumer Protection and County Executive, Calvin Ball, on improving consumer policies, programs and practices.

"Protecting our consumers is essential as more residents are working online and businesses shift to e-commerce during this pandemic," said Ball. "Since March, we've seen an increase in online scams targeting our communities. I encourage residents with knowledge and interest in keeping consumers safe to utilize their skill set and apply for the Consumer Protection Board."

To be eligible, applicants have to be at least 18-years-old and a Howard County resident.

Candidates would also have to attend board meetings held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Office of Consumer Protection, on Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Meetings are currently being held virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If interested, email a resume and letter explaining why you want to serve to Kimberly Pruim, at kpruim@howardcountymd.gov or by mail to:

Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attention: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Names of eligible applicants will be submitted to Ball for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 4. For more information, click here.