League Primer: Observer Corps

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by Alexis Dorsey, VP and Observer Corps Chair

The Observer Corps (OC) is a group of LWVAAC members who actively observe Anne Arundel County government to gain understanding, promote transparency and accountability, and identify issues of importance to the League, our members and ultimately county residents.

League observers:

  • choose their area of interest;
  • self-manage their time commitment;
  • serve as the League's eyes and ears on local issues;
  • learn to interpret and apply League public policy positions;
  • witness local government in action;
  • demonstrate to elected officials that the public is interested and watching what they do;
  • share the knowledge they gain with others.


While members of government always appreciate seeing a League member in the audience, many agencies hold their meetings virtually and may be viewed on Arundel TV without leaving the comfort of your home.

Please contact me at [email protected] if you have questions about the OC process, or interest in one of the following County agencies or departments:

AA County Council generally meets on the first and third Monday of each month, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arundel Center. Garage parking is nearby. Council meetings are also available on Arundel TV. Additional meetings or work sessions may be scheduled as needed. 

Planning Advisory Board (PAB-P&Z) meets on the second and fourth Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Heritage Complex on Riva Road. The PAB-P&Z makes advisory recommendations to the County’s Planning and Zoning Officer and the County Council relating to the Master Plan, the zoning maps, and rules and regulations relating to zoning

Transportation Commission meets monthly on the second Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heritage Complex on Riva Road. Meetings are virtual at this time.

Immigrant Affairs Commission meets on the first Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meetings are virtual at this time.

Human Relations Commission meets monthly on the third Thursday from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Meetings are virtual at this time.

Board of Elections meets monthly on the second Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meetings are virtual at this time.

Police Accountability Board (PAB-LEA) meets as needed at the Arundel Center. Meeting dates are posted to the PAB-LEA webpage. Currently, meetings have been held on Monday but that may change. State law requires the Board to hold quarterly meetings with heads of law enforcement agencies and otherwise work with law enforcement agencies and the county government to improve matters of policing among other mandates. 

Board of Education meets at various times at the AAC Public Schools Headquarters on Riva Road. Click here for the meeting schedule. Meetings are in-person and also available on AACPS-TV.

Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County meets on the third or fourth Monday at 11 a.m.  Meetings are virtual at this time.

Excerpted from the September 2022 issue of The Voter.

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