McCarthy is fo­cused on the county’s econ­omy

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CHERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— County Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Alan McCarthy is hop­ing to switch roles from the leg­isla­tive body of county gov­ern­ment to the ex­ec­u­tive branch af­ter the Nov. 8 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

McCarthy, a Repub­li­can, gave up his seat on the coun­cil in or­der to run for Ce­cil County Ex­ec­u­tive this year.

“Af­ter four years on the coun­cil, I would like to be able to make ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sions to set this county up for fu­ture suc­cess,” he said Tues­day. “I know how it works and I think I’m ready

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for the job.”

McCarthy prom­ises to sur­round him­self with com­pe­tent peo­ple who will help him run the county.

“I want to put dead­lines on ev­ery project in an at­tempt to stream­line all pro­cesses,” he said.

It’s no se­cret that McCarthy’s fo­cus is on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

He has said from the day he first be­came a can­di­date for pub­lic of­fice four years ago that his big­gest pri­or­ity is to con­nect all the miss­ing links for wa­ter, sewer, gas and broad­band util­i­ties in the growth cor­ri­dor.

“That re­ally hasn’t changed,” he said. “You can’t at­tract busi­nesses with­out in­fra­struc­ture.”

McCarthy said he will be ready to go on mul­ti­ple fronts, if elected Nov. 8.

He wants to de­velop more part­ner­ships and agree­ments with the eight mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within Ce­cil County.

“We can ac­com­plish more with economies of scale by work­ing to­gether on things like util­i­ties,” he said. “I will pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism with the end goal of im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for Ce­cil County cit­i­zens.”

McCarthy said he’ll be avail­able most of the time for staff and the pub­lic.

Ce­cil County’s over­all bud­get is nearly $273 mil­lion this year, but McCarthy says only about 18 cents of ev­ery $1 rep­re­sents dis­cre­tionary spend­ing.

“I will try to find ef­fi­cien­cies wher­ever I can,” he said, but prom­ises to fo­cus on ways to in­crease county rev­enues to pay for needed ser­vices and growth.

He’s also been sup­port­ive of find­ing ways to de­crease sub­stance abuse since tak­ing his coun­cil seat. McCarthy sits on the Ce­cil County Drug and Al­co­hol Abuse Coun­cil and hosted a fo­rum ear­lier this year with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin in Per­ryville dis­cussing ways to im­prove ef­forts to com­bat sub­stance abuse and its re­lated im­pact on ris­ing crimes.

“It’s a long-term com­mit­ment to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the com­mu­nity,” he said.

If elected, McCarthy plans to meet with de­part­ment heads to ex­plain his goals and get their feed­back.

“I’ll lis­ten to them and al­low them to shoot holes in my ideas,” he said.

He plans to be in open com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the county coun­cil on his plans and ini­tia­tives while in of­fice.

McCarthy hopes to bring a bet­ter di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of job op­por­tu­ni­ties to Ce­cil County if he be­comes county ex­ec­u­tive.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to of­fer a va­ri­ety of ca­reer paths to al­low peo­ple to work close to home,” he said.

At the same time, he thinks it is im­por­tant to make sure county em­ploy­ees pay and ben­e­fits are com­pet­i­tive with neigh­bor­ing ju­ris­dic­tions.

“We can’t af­ford to train these peo­ple and then see them leave,” he said.

McCarthy, a res­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake City and a county res­i­dent for the last 36 years, is a 1978 grad­u­ate of Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia School of Vet­eri­nary Medicine. He has prac­ticed as a ve­teri­nar­ian and has many real es­tate in­vest­ments. McCarthy has also served eight years on the Ce­cil Col­lege Foun­da­tion Board.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CHERYL MATTIX

Alan McCarthy, the Repub­li­can can­di­date for Ce­cil County Ex­ec­u­tive, em­pha­sized a need to ad­dress the county’s eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity and its sub­stance abuse is­sue.

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