Wicomico County Executive

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It was a frustrating standoff at the Wicomico County Council with the decision to make John Psota the acting County Executive. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush looks at the impasse.

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Delegate Carl Anderton says he expects to reapply for the position of Wicomico County Executive, despite being turned down by the council on a four to three vote. By consensus the council has decided to reopen the time to apply setting a deadline of September 14th. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with the Eastern Shore Republican after Friday night's session to talk about his reaction and his plans.

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The fight over who will succeed the late Bob Culver to be the next Wicomico County Executive has resulted in the extension of the deadline for applications until September 14th. The consensus decision still leaves the question of how open the process will be. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at the struggle now brewing within the council.

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The Wicomico County Council is set to meet on Friday afternoon at 5:30 to discuss the next steps in finding a new County Executive. The session comes after Dr. Rene Desmarais withdrew his name from consideration. In part two, Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about public pressure and Republican Delegate Carl Anderton's prospects.

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The decision by Dr. Rene Desmarais to withdraw his name has the Wicomico County Council scrambling to figure out its next step in the search for a new County Executive. Greg Bassett, editor and general manager for the Salisbury Independent, tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that all of this has left the council in a political mess. (Part 1)

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Dr. Rene Desmarais' decision to decline the offer of Wicomico County Executive sends the issue back into the laps of the County Council members. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with Council member Josh Hastings on his reaction, what went wrong and where the council goes from here.

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Dr. Rene Desmarais has withdrawn his name from consideration for Wicomico County Executive. It comes after business leaders and other groups had been urging the county council to reconsider its decision. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush has this latest update.

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In a surprise move the Wicomico County Council chose Dr. Rene Desmarais as the new County Executive.

He beat out the odds on favorite Republican Delegate Carl Anderton as well as former county employee Michele Ennis.

The vote was four to three with Council President Larry Dodd and council members Nicole Acle, Ernie Davis and Joe Holloway voting for him.

Supporting Anderton were council members Council Vice President John Cannon and council members Bill McCaine Josh Hastings.

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A memorial service will be held Tuesday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for Bob Culver. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about his legacy as County Executive.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver lost his battle with cancer this past Sunday. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with a number of officials who knew and worked with him. We begin with State Senator Mary Beth Carozza (R-MD)and his relationship with Annapolis lawmakers.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver announced yesterday that he has liver cancer.

The 67-year old said that he was informed of the diagnosis on Friday.

Culver said that the cancer has now covered 70 percent of his liver and will be consulting with doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital later this week to determine treatment.

WBOC reports that Culver says he will continue on the job but will reduce his hours slightly.

He added there is a possibility that he could be out a couple weeks to take care of his treatment.

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The three candidates for Wicomico County Executive faced off in a forum last night on the campus of Salisbury University.

WBOC reports that independent candidate Jack Heath emphasized education saying that he fully backed the current Imagine 2022 plan by Superintendent Donna Hanlin to improve the public schools.

When asked about the county’s revenue cap incumbent Republican Bob Culver said he had no plans for its repeals but said he was open to a study of the measure.

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Independent candidate for Wicomico County Executive Jack Heath has endorsed Republican Governor Larry Hogan in his re-election bid this year.

In addition, Heath gave his blessing to Comptroller Peter Franchot a Democrat who is running for re-election.

He said the two have given a voice in Annapolis to the concerns of the Eastern Shore.

Heath is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Culver.

Heath is currently the president of the Salisbury City Council and has been endorsed by the local Democratic Club.

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Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath now has enough signatures to qualify to run for Wicomico County Executive as an independent.

He handed in over 800 signature to local election officials that goes beyond the 651 needed to get on the ballot.

The requirement is 1 percent of the total registered voters in the county.

Health told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looks forward to the general election in November when he is expected to run against the incumbent Republican Bob Culver.

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Under a new set of recommendations the salary of the Wicomico County Executive could go from $85-thousand to $130-thousand a year.  

The Compensation and Allowance Commission found that the county executive salary is “woefully undercompensated”.

The commission compared the county executive to a CEO with a budget of $140-million and nearly a thousand employees.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county executive salaries in Maryland range from $98-thousand to over $206-thousand.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he is moving forward with carving out a piece of territory for the breakaway volunteer firefighters who left the Salisbury Fire Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that move would give territory to the company that is now covered by the Salisbury Fire Department.

But such a move, say Wicomico County officials, would be a violation of the city/county service agreement.

Mayor Jake Day told the paper that it was shocking that “an elected official would flaunt the law.”

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver called it a witch hunt.

He was referring to an audit into – what has been termed – a potentially fraudulent letter recommending a raise for a county employee.

Culver charged that members on the county council were engaged in wasting taxpayer dollars to “advance their own political agenda”.

His criticism comes after the county council decided not to proceed because of what the auditor said was a lack of cooperation and transparency.

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There is a standoff between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and County Library officials.

Culver issued a letter demanding that the library turn over 33-hundred square feet of space to store county voting machines.

That’s where the library’s Entrepreneur Center is located.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that library officials sent Culver a letter yesterday refusing to turn over the keys.

The letter said that they believed the space should solely be used for library purposes.

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Within the last month two restaurants have closed in downtown Salisbury.

The latest is the barbeque place known as Social by Echelon which was hoped to be a key in bringing business back to the area.

The other restaurant was the Cellar Door owned by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver.

It has been in business for the past two years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Echelon had one of the most prominent locations at Main and Division streets.