Mor­gan takes seat on coun­cil

McCluskey elected new pres­i­dent

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Jeff Mor­gan, who won the April 3 town elec­tion by just two votes, was sworn in to of­fice by Clerk of Cir­cuit Court Scott MacGlashan late Thurs­day af­ter­noon, April 13, at the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house.

Mor­gan, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his fam­ily, added his sig­na­ture to the long list of pre­vi­ous coun­cil mem­bers’ names in the his­toric Test Book at the court­house.

Later Thurs­day evening, the town coun­cil held its an­nual re­or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ing in the Lib­erty build­ing, where the meet­ing room was filled with Cen­tre­ville res­i­dents, many wait­ing to take their own oaths to serve the town in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties.

The meet­ing, which be­gan with the Pledge of Al­le­giance lead by mem­bers of Girl Scout Troop 793, saw coun­cil ap­point­ments to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, Board of Ap­peals, Park Ad­vi­sory Board, Per­son­nel Re­view Board, Ethics Com­mis­sion and the Cen­tre­ville Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Author­ity.

Those ap­pointed are as fol­lows: Sandy Downes, Chris Jack­son and Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler, Plan­ning Com­mis­sion; Don­ald Dawkins and Dale Walls, Board of Ap­peals; Rich Ryan and Sandy Simp­son, Park Ad­vi­sory Board; Joe Saboury, Per­son­nel Re­view Board; Lucky Ickes-Marks and Car­rie O’Con­nor, Ethics Com­mis­sion; and Will Hem­s­ley, Kathy Ma­gruder, Davis Emory and John Cvach to the Cen­tre­ville Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Author­ity. Not all were in at­ten­dance.

Cen­tre­ville Board of Elec­tions Su­per­vi­sors Vice Chair­man Bob Norris re­viewed elec­tion re­sults with the coun­cil. Of the 258 to­tal bal­lots, Mor­gan re­ceived 128 votes to former Coun­cil­man Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler’s 126 votes. There were four pro­vi­sional bal­lots that would not have swung the elec­tion, as three votes would have gone to Mor­gan and one to Sigler.

The town coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to se­lect Tim McCluskey as town pres­i­dent and Jim Beauchamp as vice pres­i­dent. McCluskey, act­ing as pres­i­dent, ap­pointed Beauchamp to be the coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Park Ad­vi­sory Board, Mor­gan to be the rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments, and him­self to be the rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, all serv­ing for one year.

The coun­cil also unan­i­mously voted to re-ap­point town at­tor­ney Sharon Van Em­burgh to serve an­other term.

In what he called an at­tempt to be as trans­par­ent as pos­si­ble, Mor­gan asked the Ethics Com­mis­sion to make an ad­vi­sory opin­ion as to whether he could con­tinue serv­ing on the North Brook Com­mu­nity Home Owner’s As­so­ci­a­tion board of di­rec­tors or if he would need to step down.

He said un­til a de­ter­mi­na­tion is made he will re­cuse him­self from any North Brook re­lated votes.

Mor­gan also made a mo­tion, ac­cepted by the coun­cil, to hold a mo­ment of si­lence af­ter the Pledge of Al­le­giance at the begin­ning of ev­ery meet­ing.

Beauchamp and McCluskey wel­comed Mor­gan to the coun­cil and said they looked for­ward to work­ing with him.

Mor­gan said he is ready to with his fel­low col­leagues to “help keep mov­ing Cen­tre­ville for­ward, making it a good place to live for ev­ery­body.”

He cam­paigned on the is­sues of fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, eco­nomic devel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil­man Jeff Mor­gan gets sworn in to his po­si­tion along­side Coun­cil­men Tim McCluskey and Jim Beauchamp on April 13 at the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house by Clerk Scott MacGlashan. Mor­gan took the oath next to his wife Karen.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Seven Cen­tre­ville res­i­dents were sworn into var­i­ous boards, com­mit­tees and com­mis­sions dur­ing the town coun­cil’s Tues­day, April 13, re­or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ing. From left: Town Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Jim Beauchamp, Sandy Downes, Don­ald Dawkins, Rich Ryan, Chris Jack­son, Joe Saboury, Lucy Ickes-Marks, Sandy Simp­son and Town Coun­cil­men Jeff Mor­gan and Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey.

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