County Executive


The controversey in the search for a new Wicomico County Executive saw around a half a dozen speakers during the comment period of the Councty Council meeting on Tuesday. The council has extended the job search until September 14th. One of the speakers was Scott Hamilton, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 111, who said he personally supported Delegate Carl Anderton who was rejected for the job on a four to three vote. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with Hamilton to talk about his assessment of where the issue stands.

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The selection of Dr. Rene Desmarais to become the next Wicomico County Executive has drawn a sharp backlash. Groups led by the Greater Salisbury Committee held a gathering on Monday morning in front of the the Government Office Building to express their displeasure at how the County Council conducted itself in making the decision. One speaker was Blair Carey, a local businssman, who has offered up a petition on Facebook seeking reconsideration of the decision.

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Democratic Club of Wicomico County is breaking with tradition.

It has endorsed independent candidate for Wicomico County Executive Jack Heath.

Club president Gains Hawkins said it was in large part because of Heath’s commitment to funding the county’s schools.

Heath said he was thrilled with the endorsement.

As for making education funding his top priority including universal Pre-K Heath said that could be done without a tax increase.

The decision was made at a meeting on Monday night with overwhelming support with no arguments.

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An independent challenger is leading in the money race for Wicomico County Executive in this year’s November election.

Salisbury Council President Jack Heath received $4-thousand from Republican Joseph Ollinger who made a bid for the position in 2010 against Democratic Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that financial reports show Heath is leading incumbent Republican Bob Culver by over $33-hundred in contribution as of June 10th the most recent reporting period.

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There are two new members on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

Governor Larry Hogan appointed John Palmer and Joseph Ollinger to take over the seats of former members Marvin Blye and Larry Dodd.

The board’s vice president Donald Fitzgerald has been reappointed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both Palmer and Ollinger are strong backers of the property tax revenue cap limiting the rates residents have to pay.

In addition, Ollinger lost his bid as a Republican candidate for County Executive against Rick Pollitt by 3 percent.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Anne Arundel County Republican primary for county executive was the most expensive in county history.

The Capital reports that Laura Neuman and Steve Schuh spent $2.4 million. That's double what all seven candidates, Democrats and Republicans combined, spent in Anne Arundel's last primary for county executive in 2006.

Schuh won the June GOP primary with 54 percent of the vote. He outspent Neuman by $600,000.

Wicomico County voters will be facing some charter changes this fall.

Among the measures on the ballot is one dealing with petitions filed with the election board.

It would require residents to gather 20 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last presidential election or 10-thousand people whichever is fewer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that currently the number is 15 percent of registered voters in the county.