TOWSON, MD—Incumbent Board Chair Kathleen S. Causey and Vice Chair Julie C. Henn will remain in their positions as de facto officers of the Board of Education of Baltimore County until such time as the Board elects officers by the required majority of seven votes.
No candidate for either office received the required majority of votes to be elected at the Board’s December 5 meeting.
Under Maryland common law, if a chair or vice chair is not elected, the incumbent officer continues to hold the position. They are considered de facto (or hold over) office holders and remain only until such time as successors are duly elected, according to Board counsel Andrew Nussbaum.
Causey has served on the Board since 2015 and represents the Third Councilmanic District. Henn has served since 2016 and represents the Fifth Councilmanic District. Causey and Henn returned to the Board as elected members in 2018 for a four-year term. Both are parents of current BCPS students.