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Philip Andrews joins state’s attorney’s team to help reach community

Former councilman will work on mental health, other issues

By Ryan Marshall Staff Writer

After 16 years on the Montgomery County Council, former member Philip M. Andrews of Gaithersburg is moving across the street in Rockville to work in the office of State’s Attorney John J. McCarthy.

Andrews will work on the office’s community outreach team, focusing on crime prevention programs.

Andrews said Monday that he’ll be working on initiatives including helping people prevent themselves from becoming victims; working with truant students at risk of dropping out of school; and helping ensure that people who come into the county detention center get the treatment for mental illness they need.

The problem of treating mentally ill prisoners is a crisis throughout the criminal justice system, Andrews said.

The new post will allow him to use the experience he accumulated as the longtime head of the council’s Public Safety Committee.

Andrews chaired the committee from June 2000 until leaving the council this month.

He represented District 3, which also includes Rockville, on the County Council for four terms since 1998, and sought the Democratic nomination for county executive in the June primary against current Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and former Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

Andrews said he has known McCarthy since the mid-’90s, when Andrews was director of the county’s AmeriCorps program and McCarthy would give presentations as an assistant state’s attorney.

Having worked in the executive branch as the AmeriCorps director and in the legislative branch on the council, Andrews said, he’s looking forward to working in the judicial branch of government.

In a news release Monday, McCarthy said Andrews’ experience on the Public Safety Committee and other related groups has given him a broad understanding of the challenges that face the criminal justice system and how those challenges should be addressed.

rmarshall@gazette.net
 

 

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