Pierson rejoins R.S. board
Fills seat left in Shephard’s resignation
— Augie Pierson has returned to the board of town commissioners to fill the seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Joseph Shephard.
Mayor Travis Marion named Pierson to the board Tuesday night, a nomination quickly approved by Commissioners Allen Authenreath and David Warnick.
Shephard resigned Oct. 1 citing a change in his employment that would make him unavailable to finish his term, which will end in October 2019. Commissioner Brian Leishear also recently stepped down citing career and health reasons and has yet to be replaced. Both men were in the first year of fouryear terms.
Pierson, who recently retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department, was a Rising Sun commissioner for three terms before losing a re-election bid in 2012. He lost again in 2013 in a five-way battle that seated George Walker and Lyn Dugger.
The 64-year-old was named to the town Board of Appeals in 2013.
“I’m very happy Augie has agreed to be a commissioner because his experience is going to be invaluable,”
Warnick was equally ecstatic.
“I know we’ll have passionate discussions about things, but ultimately we’ll do what’s best for the town,” Warnick said after the conclusion of the Tuesday night town meeting during which Pierson was approved and moment later, sworn into office.
Pierson was known for his outbursts in his previous terms. However, he said that the makeup of the current board, as well as his own temperament changes, mean the fireworks will be more of a flicker this time around.
“Travis and I had a lot of serious discussions, especially about the personality I had. Was I going to come back with the screaming and the yelling?” Pierson said.
Noting that it cast a pall over the town, Pierson promised that Augie is no more.
“I don’t know if it’s a new Augie, but it’s a revised Au- gie,” he said.
Marion assigned Pierson oversight of the town police department and moved Authenreath to the water and sewer post. Warnick is maintaining his post as commissioner in charge of parks and recreation, leaving the as-yet- to-be-appointed fourth board member in charge of streets and sidewalks.
“Anyone who is interested in serving on the town board should contact me or town hall,” Marion said, adding the choice would be a group decision.
Having just taken the oath of office, Augie Pierson, right, signs the ledger book as Charlene Notarcola, Cecil County Circuit Court Clerk and Rising Sun Mayor Travis Marion witness.