Dernoga elected to lead Prince George’s County Council
By Joe Murchison
Laurel resident Tom Dernoga (District 1) was elected chair of the Prince George’s County Council on Dec. 6. It was his third one-year election as leader during his 12 years on the council.
County law limits County Council members to two consecutive four-year terms. However, Dernoga served on the council from 2002 to 2010, then ran for a third term in 2018 after an eight-year interim. He won his fourth term as an unopposed candidate in the November election.
According to a county press release, Dernoga has created a leadership team of council committee chairs that skews toward newer council members. They include newly elected Wala Blegay (District 6) of Kettering, who was elected council vice chair; newly elected Krystal Oriadha (District 7) of Seat Pleasant; newly elected Eric Olson (District 3) of College Park (although Olson previously served two terms from 2006 to 2014); one-year councilmember Ed Burroughs (District 8) of Temple Hills (who won his seat in a special election in late 2021); and Jolene Ivey (District 5) of Cheverly, who has just begun her second term.