Pierson re­joins R.S. board

Fills seat left in Shep­hard’s res­ig­na­tion

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,”

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Authen­reath said.

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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