Rhodes lands new Church Hill term
CHURCH HILL — Charlie Rhodes is returning for another term as Church Hill town commissioner.
Since he was the only candidate to file in this year’s town election, he is automatically returned to office under the town charter.
In December 2014, the town commissioners approved a charter amendment that permits the cancellation of uncontested town elections. The commissioners said at the time that they made the change to save on the preparation
for the elections and the various costs associated with holding a municipal election.
“If a town election is uncontested, the Board of Supervisors of Elections shall certify to the commissioners of the Town of Church Hill that only one candidate has filed and that the election will be canceled,” the town charter states.
Several other Eastern Shore
towns have made similar changes to their charters.
The same charter amendment resolution that permits the canceling of elections in Church Hill also clarified the town charter in stating that write-in candidates are not permitted in the town’s elections.
Rhodes has held a seat on the town board since first being elected in June 1995. He succeeded
his father as a town commissioner. He was also unopposed in the 2013 election. He is currently chief of police in Centreville.
The three Church Hill town commissioners each serve a three-year term with one elected each June on a staggered basis. They serve on a voluntary basis and meet twice a month on the first and third Monday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.