Brian Grim's Story...

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Brian was born and raised in the City of Cumberland and has one younger brother, a Physical Therapist.

Brian attended elementary school at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary until it closed.  He entered the Allegany County Public School System and in 1997, graduated from Fort Hill High School.  He started his college career just two weeks after graduation, at Allegany College.

Brian graduated from Allegany College with multiple Associate Degrees before enrolling at Frostburg State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in political science with a double major in justice studies. He continued at FSU to earn his Master’s Degree in Teaching. At Frostburg State University, Brian was named to the Dean’s List every semester attended and graduated from the MAT program with a 4.0 GPA.

While attending college, Brian worked at TWR Communications, before becoming employed at Rocky Gap State Park, where he is still employed as a Contractual Park Ranger. Brian also served as a substitute teacher in Allegany County, having taught high school classes in U.S. History, Criminal Justice and Contemporary World Issues to juniors and seniors.  In 2012, Brian was hired as an adjunct professor at Frostburg State University, teaching advanced courses at the university.

Since 1992, Brian has volunteered at a number of community events and with many organizations.  "My family instilled in me at a young age, the value of civic service and volunteerism," says Grim.

Brian has volunteered over 25,000 hours in his lifetime, including with the Volunteer Team, Western Potomac Chapter of the American Red Cross, Tri-State Concert Association, Allegany Museum and the Fort Hill Scholarship Foundation.

Brian worked at Rocky Gap State Park while simultaneously teaching, but in 2008, was elected by the citizens of Cumberland, to serve as a member of the Cumberland City Council.

On November 2, 2010, Brian was elected Mayor of Cumberland, a post that he was sworn into on January 3, 2011.  He was re-elected as Mayor in 2014 and sworn into office for a second four-year term in January of 2015.

 

EDUCATION

Brian was educated in Allegany County, earning the following degrees:

  • A Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from Frostburg State University
  • A Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Political Science & Justice Studies from Frostburg State University
  • Multiple Associate's Degrees from Allegany College of Maryland

 

Brian has been inducted into several honor societies including the following:

  • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
  • Pinnacle, National Honor Society of Non-Traditional Students
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society

 

Brian has continued his education since graduation with several certificates including:

  • Homeownership Counselor Certificate
  • Postpurchase Systems Counselor Certificate
  • Loan Portfolio Management Certificate
  • Full-Cycle Lending Homeownership Counseling Certificate

 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Brian is a community activist and leader, having served with many local programs and organizations, including:

  • Re-Elected Mayor of Cumberland, a second 4-year term, beginning in January 2015
  • Appointed to the Allegany County Democratic Central Committee (April 2016)
  • Elected Mayor of Cumberland, a 4-year term, beginning in January 2011
  • Elected to the Cumberland City Council in 2008
  • Elected Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, representing the Sixth Congressional District (2012)
  • Served with the Volunteer Team in Allegany County state parks since 1992
  • Vice Chair Board of Directors, Western Potomac Chapter of the American Red Cross (2008 - 2011)
  • Co-Chair of the Western Potomac Chapter of the American Red Cross Heroes Fundraising Campaign (2007)
  • Cumberland NAC (Neighborhood Advisory Council) and serving with the Chapel Hill West Neighborhood Association, Rolling Mill Neighborhood Association, Virginia Avenue Betterment Committee, West Side Crime Watch, North End Neighborhood Watch, and the Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association (2009 - 2013)
  • Chairman of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, City of Cumberland Police Department Safe Streets Grant Advisory Board (2012 - )
  • Virginia Avenue Redevelopment Commission (2009 - 2010)
  • South Cumberland Business and Civic Association (2006 - )
  • Allegany County United Way Day of Caring and Sharing
  • Toys for Happiness
  • Allegany Arts Council Member
  • Cumberland Blight Committee (2009 - )
  • President of the Evitt's Creek Water Company (2011 - )
  • Evitt's Creek Steering Committee Chair (2012, 2014, 2016), Vice Chair (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Chairman of the National Road Bicentennial Committee (2011 - 2012)
  • Cumberland Economic Development Commission (2011 - 2013)
  • Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission (2009 - 2010)
  • Allegany Museum Board of Directors (2009 - 2010)
  • Fort Hill High School Scholarship Fund Board of Directors (2009 - 2012), Emeritus Board Member (2013 - )
  • Chairman of the Fort Hill High School 75th Anniversary Committee (2012)
  • Maryland Municipal League (2009 - )
  • Maryland Mayor's Association (2011 - )
  • Allegany County Hazard Mitigation Committee (2011 - 2013)
  • International Association of Lions Clubs, Cumberland (2010 - 2011)
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association (2006 - 2013)
  • Allegany County Jaycees (2006 - 2008)
  • Tri-State Concert Association
  • Knights of Pythias, Rising Sun Lodge #86, Lonaconing, MD (2004 - )
  • Downtown Cumberland Business Association (2013 - 2016)
  • Canal Place Board of Directors (2013 - 2015)
  • Downtown Development Commission (2015 - )
  • South Cumberland Business & Civic Association Scholarship Committee Chairman (2014 - )
  • Downtown Cumberland Design Committee (2017- )

 

ACCOLADES

Brian has been recognized for his community service and dedication to civic responsibilities with the following awards and recognitions:

  • 2017 United States Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition from U.S. Congressman John Delaney for giving 25,000 volunteer hours of service in a lifetime to the citizens of Western Maryland
  • 2013 Call to Service Presidential Achievement Award, given by President Barack Obama
  • 2013 Volunteer Service, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service
  • 2012 Call to Service Presidential Achievement Award, given by President Barack Obama
  • 2012 Volunteer Service, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service
  • 2011 Call to Service Presidential Achievement Award, given by President Barack Obama
  • 2011 Volunteer Service, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service
  • 2010 Call to Service Presidential Achievement Award, given by President Barack Obama
  • 2010 Volunteer Service, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service
  • 2009 Call to Service Presidential Achievement Award, given by President Barack Obama
  • 2009 United States Senate Certificate of Special Recognition from U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, for giving 10,000 volunteer hours of service in a lifetime to the citizens of Western Maryland
  • 2009 Governor's Citation awarded by Governor Martin O'Malley, for serving more than 10,000 volunteer hours in a lifetime
  • 2008, 2007, and 2006 "Call to Service" Presidential Achievement Awards, given by President George W. Bush
  • 2005 Daily Point of Light Award, presented by President Geroge W. Bush, as well as former President George H. W. Bush, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which includes John Glenn, Bob Dole, and Darrell Green.
  • 2007 Official Citation from Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael Busch, for community service and civic dedication
  • 2004 "Volunteer of the Year" from the Volunteer Team, as well as recognized with the "Volunteer Coordinator's Award" for leadership within the volunteer organization
  • 2003 “Community Quarterback” by Parade Magazine, the NFL, and the Baltimore Ravens
  • 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000 "Outstanding Volunteer" by Rocky Gap State Park and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • 2002 Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Ehrlich for community service
  • 1997 Volunteer Award presented by the Allegany County Board of Education and the Western Maryland Health System
  • 1997 Recipient of the Fort Hill High School Business Award
  • 1996 Service Star Recognition Award from Nancy Grasmick, Superintendent of Maryland public schools and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
  • 1996 Governor’s Volunteer Award in the category of environment presented by Governor Glendening
  • 1996 and 1995 "Outstanding Young Volunteer" from Rocky Gap State Park
  • 1996 "Distinguished Volunteer" from Rocky Gap State Park