Dr. Darian Senn-Carter, an associate professor in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, has been appointed a member of the Bowie City Council.
The Bowie City Council interviewed two dozen candidates in three closed meetings over the span of three days, stating an exemption in Maryland’s Open Meetings Act that permits private discussion of personnel or appointees, according to The Capital Gazette.
Each interview was published online after they were all completed. The last meeting and interview took place on Feb. 6, and at its ending the council went into open session. Five council members voted to appoint Senn-Carter and one abstained. The council did not deliberate or talk about the merits of each candidate in open session, but thanked city staff and the applicants.
Senn-Carter will represent District 3 in the council, which consists of Enfield Chase (where Senn-Carter lives), Heather Hills, Woodmore Highlands, Old Stage, Westview, Dixon, Longleaf, Patuxent Overlook and Tall Oaks Estates.
Senn-Carter developed a mentorship program at the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute called Aspiring Leadership Academy which aims to connect students and faculty for mentorship opportunities.
In 2017, Senn-Carter won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zeitgeist Award after helping the launch of a social justice program at Anne Arundel. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from University of Maryland College Park, a master’s degree and master’s certificate from Towson University and a research doctorate from Edgewood University.
He also earned a teacher certification in secondary education and teaching from Trinity University-Washington and a Pathways to Teaching certificate from Anne Arundel Community College.
Senn-Carter will serve in the council until the city election occurs this fall. He said he plans on running so he can stay on the council.
He added that he wants to fulfill the city’s motto of “growth, unity and progress” through community engagement and strategic planning.
“What we do together has the power to truly make a difference in the lives of others,” he said.