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Edward V.J. Putens
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Edward V. J. PutensEdward Putens is completing his seventeenth term on the City Council.  Putens has been a resident of Greenbelt
since 1968, starting in Springhill Lake (now Franklin Park). He has also lived in Charlestown North, GHI,
Windsor Green and Greenbrook Estates. He was born in Hazelton, Pa., and grew up in Baltimore.

Putens retired in 2014 from the federal government. He worked for the Food and Drug Administration for the last 28 years, in various management positions. Since retiring he has been working with FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition as an advisor/consultant. His management knowledge has contributed significantly to his work on the council.

In the current term, Putens has focused especially on the effort to bring the FBI to Greenbelt, believing that this would have a major positive impact on the city. This is an extension of his long-time advocacy for the revitalization of Greenbelt West, including Franklin Park, in part to improve public safety. Throughout his council tenure, Putens has taken a leading role in improving police protection and crime prevention. He initiated use of video cameras in strategic areas in the city; placing police school resource officers in schools; and traffic safety improvements.

Putens proposed the city’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, as well as the Advisory Committee on Education. He initiated the Senior Task Force, which led to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. Putens and then-Mayor Gil Weidenfeld initiated the Four Cities Coalition among Greenbelt, College Park, New Carrollton and Berwyn Heights, to expand inter-city cooperation. The Coalition is playing an active role in efforts to bring the FBI to Greenbelt.

Putens was the first Greenbelt East resident elected to the city council, and continues to work actively with the Greenbelt East Advisory Committee, which he co-founded. He was an original member of the Windsor Green Board of Directors and served on the board for eight years. He has been president of Greenbrook Estates board for the past fifteen years.

Putens has always strongly supported city financial assistance to Greenbelt’s many volunteer recreation organizations. His three children participated in these programs, including soccer, Little League, cheerleading and Camp Pine Tree among others.

While on the city council, Putens has served on numerous county, state and national committees to represent Greenbelt’s interests. He is the past chair of the Small Cities Council of the National League of Cities (NLC), and currently a member of NLC’s Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

Putens earned a Microbiology degree from the University of Maryland, and was on the lacrosse team. After college, he worked for biological research companies and co-authored several patents dealing with minimizing air pollutants.