Mayors appoint O'Malley security head

| 3/24/2003

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has appointed Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley chairman of its new homeland security task force, The Associated Press reported recently.

The position announced March 20 gives O'Malley with a national platform for an issue he has championed for months: getting more federal money for local police, fire and medical agencies that provide the first response to domestic terrorism.

The Washington, DC-based organization consists of 1,183 mayors from cities with populations of more than 30,000 people. It has been lobbying since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to get cities money to help pay for the escalating costs of protecting local infrastructure.