Ris­ing Sun seeks can­di­dates for town board va­cancy

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Com­mis­sioner Joseph Shep­hard, Mayor Travis Mar­ion is in-

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vit­ing peo­ple in­ter­ested in the va­cancy on the town’s board of com­mis­sion­ers to step for­ward.

Shep­hard re­signed Oct. 1, cit­ing a change in his work sta­tus that would make it im­pos­si­ble for him to par­tic­i­pate in Ris­ing Sun’s gov­ern­ment. Shep­hard was just elected in Oc­to­ber 2015 along with Com­mis­sioner Brian Leis­hear in the town’s first fall elec­tion, and the first in the cy­cle of four- year terms.

Ac­cord­ing to Ris­ing Sun’s char­ter, the mayor se­lects the can­di­date and brings a name be­fore the com­mis­sion­ers for ap­proval.

“It’s a group de­ci­sion, not just mine,” Mar­ion said.

Prior to Shep­hard, the last com­mis­sioner to re­sign was George Walker, who did so a few months ahead of the Oc­to­ber 2015 elec­tion. The board opted to wait for vot­ers to choose his suc­ces­sor.

As of Thurs­day, Mar­ion said he had re­ceived no re­sponse.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

A year ago, Com­mis­sioner Joe Shep­hard took the oath of of­fice from Ce­cil County Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Char­lene Notar­cola. Now Mayor Travis Mar­ion is in search of can­di­dates to take Shep­hard’s seat on the board.

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