Morgan takes seat on council
McCluskey elected new president
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.
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.
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.