Ches. City clerk cho­sen as next Ce­cil­ton ad­min­is­tra­tor

Cooper to re­place re­tir­ing Cochran

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By JA­COB OWENS

jowens@ ce­cil­whig. com

— The mayor and coun­cil of­fi­cially se­lected Mary Cooper, billing clerk in nearby Ch­e­sa­peake City, as the next town ad­min­is­tra­tor dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing Mon­day night.

Cooper will re­place Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Brenda Cochran, who will re­tire Oct. 14 af­ter serv­ing the county’s south­ern-

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most town for 12 years.

Cooper, a res­i­dent of War­wick for the past 15 years, will serve as the day- to- day man­ager of Ce­cil­ton’s af­fairs as the ad­min­is­tra­tor, and does so at the plea­sure of the mayor and coun­cil. She was se­lected out of a field of sev­eral can­di­dates that was nar­rowed down to two lo­cal fi­nal­ists and no­ti­fied Mon­day night.

“I’m elated to have an op­por­tu­nity to serve the com­mu­nity in which I live, ed­u­cate my chil­dren and vol­un­teer,” she said Tues­day. “I’ll work hard to con- tinue to preser ve the in­tegrity of the Ce­cil­ton com­mu­nity, just as I’ve done in Ch­e­sa­peake City. I look for­ward to work­ing un­der the di­rec­tion of Mayor Joe Zang and the Ce­cil­ton Town Coun­cil.”

On Tues­day, Zang said Cooper’s in­volve­ment in many of Ce­cil­ton’s com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, in- clud­ing its lo­cal schools, was a ben­e­fit that he and the coun­cil iden­ti­fied.

“Ce­cil­ton is a town, but we’re part of a com­mu­nity,” he said. “I think it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the town and for Mary.”

Zang said he be­lieved Cooper would be a good li­ai­son be­tween the town and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing War­wick, Ear­leville and Fred­er­ick­town.

While she is ex­cited to start a new chal­lenge, Cooper added that the ap­point­ment is a lit­tle bit­ter­sweet.

“I’ll greatly miss Ch­e­sa­peake City, its res­i­dents, vis­i­tors, my col­leagues and Mayor Dean Geraci­mos. I’ll def­i­nitely look for ways to col­lab­o­rate with Ch­e­sa­peake City when the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self,” she added. “I’ve al­ready been brain­storm­ing.”

Cooper said she planned to sit down with Zang later this week and learn un­der Cochran’s di­rec­tion be­fore her pre­de­ces­sor’s re­tire­ment.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, Geraci­mos said that Cooper would be missed as an in­te­gral part of the ad­min­is­tra­tive team that he formed upon tak­ing of­fice four years ago.

“I’m very happy for Ce­cil­ton. They’re get­ting a tremen­dous in­di­vid­ual, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally,” he said. “I’ve al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated peo­ple who can ex­pand and grow, and this was a good op­por­tu­nity for her. I think she’ll do a tremen­dous job for them.”

Cooper’s per­son­al­ity was one of the key rea­sons that he se­lected her to ser ve as Ch­e­sa­peake City’s billing clerk, Geraci­mos noted.

“Whether some­one walked in at 9 a. m. or 4 p. m., they got treated the same,” he said. “Mary’s a re­ally pos­i­tive per­son and that’s what we wanted in that po­si­tion.”

Cooper, who works closely with Ch­e­sa­peake City’s trea­surer Va­lerie Walls and Town Man­ager San­dra Ed­wards, quickly took on a role above and be­yond her du­ties in town, Geraci­mos said. She was a prin­ci­pal or­ga­nizer of a wel­com­ing for a re­tired U. S. Army Ranger, who was rais­ing aware­ness of post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der in vet­er­ans, over the Fourth of July week­end and also aided in a re­cent beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ject along the town’s Ben Cardin Recre­ational C& D Canal Trail, among many other ef­forts.

“While her ti­tle may be billing clerk, she has made a tremen­dous im­pact all over town,” he said. “She’s seen how to run a town from Sandy (Ed­wards) and I think she’s go­ing to thrive.”

Cooper in­formed Geraci­mos of her ap­pli­ca­tion in Ce­cil­ton and has given no­tice to Ch­e­sa­peake City now that her se­lec­tion is of­fi­cial. Geraci­mos said the town would look to fill her po­si­tion in com­ing weeks.

Re­porter Ch­eryl Mat­tix con­trib­uted to this story.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

A new sculp­ture in front of Per­ryville Ele­men­tary School shows a hand hold­ing a tree.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Af­ter 12 years of serv­ing Ce­cil­ton, Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Brenda Cochran will re­tire in Oc­to­ber.

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