Rhodes lands new Church Hill term

Record Observer - - Front Page - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

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.

CHAR­LIE RHODES

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