William H. Cole IV

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William H. Cole IV
William H. Cole IV (2007).jpg
Member of the Baltimore City Council from the 11th District
In office
December 2007 – August 30, 2014
Succeeded by Eric Costello[1]
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 47a
In office
January 1999 – January 2003
Personal details
Born (1972-11-21) November 21, 1972 (age 44)
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle W. Cole
Profession higher education administrator

William H. Cole IV (born November 21, 1972) is an American politician who represented the 11th District on the Baltimore City Council. He was first elected to a four-year term beginning in December 2007[2] and served until his appointment by the mayor in August 2014 as CEO and President of the Baltimore Development Corporation.[3]

Career and Community Service[edit]

Career history[edit]

  • Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly, 4 years
  • Special Assistant to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, 6 years
  • Elected Member, Democratic State Central Committee, 4 years
  • Legislative Aide for former State Sen. Walter Baker, 2 years


University of Baltimore

  • Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement (2003–present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal & Ethical Studies graduate program (2005–present)

Councilman, 11th District, Baltimore City Council (2007–present)

Councilman Bill Cole began his career in government as an intern in the Maryland State Senate in 1994, then served two sessions as a legislative aide to former State Senator Walter Baker. In 1996, he was hired by newly elected Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) as Staff Assistant and later Special Assistant. Cole managed one of three district offices, remaining on the Congressman’s staff until 2003.

In 1998, Cole was elected to the Democratic State Central Committee and a few months later selected to fill the District 47 Maryland House of Delegates seat vacated by Judge Timothy D. Murphy. The 2002 legislative redistricting process eliminated Baltimore’s 47th Legislative District and Cole lost to three incumbents in the newly formed 46th Legislative District. He was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 winning 75% of the vote.

City Council Committees[edit]

Cole was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 2007, and re-elected in 2011, winning 75% of the vote. During his first term he served on a number of committees:

  • Chair, Executive Nominations
  • Chair, Housing & Community Development Subcommittee
  • Member, Taxation, Finance, & Economic Development (Former Chair/Former Vice-chair)
  • Member, Land Use & Transportation
  • Member, Education
  • Special committee on Property Tax Reduction
  • Special Committee on New Homeowners Tax Credit
  • Chair, Maritime Industrial Zoning Overlay (MIZOD) Review

Currently, Cole serves as:

  • Chair, Recreation and Parks
  • Chair, Executive Appointments
  • Vice-chair, Housing & Community Development Subcommittee
  • Member, Public Safety
  • Member, Taxation, Finance, & Economic Development
  • Member, Budget and Appropriations
  • Member, Health

In August 2014, Cole was appointed President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.[3]

Education & Family[edit]

Born in Maryland, Cole has lived in downtown Baltimore for more than 25 years. After receiving a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994 and an M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore in 1996, Cole was admitted to Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the national honor society for graduate and professional students.

Cole, his wife, Michelle and their three children (Caitlin, Chelsea, and Will) live in the Otterbein neighborhood where he served as president of the community association from 2003 to 2007. Their children attend Baltimore City Public Schools.[citation needed]

Community service[edit]

Councilman Cole serves as a member of the board or volunteer with the following civic/service organizations:

  • Director, Midtown Community Benefits District (2004–present)
  • Director, Downtown Partnership & Downtown Management Authority (2007–present)
  • Director, Visit Baltimore (2010–present)
  • Director, Flag House & Star Spangled Banner Museum (2007–present)
  • Board Member, Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore (2003–present)
  • Board Member, Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and Sports Legends at Camden Yards (2009–present)
  • Honorary Board Member, Fort McHenry Business Association (2010–present)
  • Advisory Board Member: Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (2008–present)
  • Coach, South Baltimore Youth Soccer League (2006–present)
  • Former President, Otterbein Community Association (2003–2006)
  • Former Board Member, Patriots of Fort McHenry (2000–2004)

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcoming Eric Costello to the Baltimore City Council". Harris Jones & Malone. October 7, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Baltimore City Council Website
  3. ^ a b Broadwater, Luke; Sherman, Natalie (August 7, 2014). "Councilman Cole to replace McKenzie as head of BDC". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 

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