MacGlashan to retire as QA Clerk of Court
Will not seek 7th term
— Scott MacGlashan, who has served as clerk of the Circuit Court in Queen Anne’s County for six terms — 24 years consecutively — serving under Judge John W. Sause Jr. and Judge Thomas G. Ross, announced he has decided not to seek re-election for a seventh term. He will remain in office until the end of 2018.
Anyone who speaks to MacGlashan will quickly realize he is very proud of his history and the history of Queen Anne’s County. Born in Easton, MacGlashan has been a lifelong resident of Queen Anne’s County and is a graduate of the Queen Anne’s County school system. He began his career working in a closely held family agribusiness for 28 years before being elected to his current position as Clerk of the Circuit Court in 1994.
Married to wife Carolyn, they have three sons and seven grandchildren. MacGlashan is a past president of the Maryland State Clerks Association and served as the Chairman of the Conference of Circuit Court Clerks, advising the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Locally, MacGlashan also served as president of the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society and Centreville High School Alumni Association and for 12 years at the Board of Elections. MacGlashan is also a licensed private pilot and enjoys antique cars and playing bluegrass music, hobbies which he may be able to enjoy more of with his impending retirement.
The largest change MacGlashan has been part of during his tenure as Clerk of the Court will be the opening of the new courthouse, slated for the summer of 2018. The current courthouse — the oldest courthouse still in continuous use in the state of Maryland and likely the country — will be repurposed, hopefully MacGlashan has said, in some capacity that will allow it to retain that status.
“I love that building,” MacGlashan has said often, of the courthouse, which was built in 1796 while George Washington was still president.
MacGlashan has also been instrumental in helping Queen Anne’s become the first in the state to have all the land records from 1706 scanned and available online at mdlandrecs.net. He and his staff implemented a join computerization project with the Court for Case Management and other judicial and nonjudicial software applications. He was the first Clerk to work with the State Archives in the development of preservation and scanning project for all plants now available online at Plats.net.
Establishing digital records of documents and recordings is something MacGlashan is very proud of; prior to this, records had no backup and if something happened to them they were just gone, stated MacGlashan.
Assisting the court with the development and implementation of a Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program as part of the Court’s Case Management Program is also an accomplishment MacGlashan takes great pride in, stating his belief that conflicts resolved outside of the courtroom often are more amicable and likely to be maintained by the parties that reach mediation.
During MacGlashan’s six terms, important historical court and miscellaneous records for ultimate long-term availability and preservation were back scanned, and “instant recording” of all land record related instruments came into practice.
MacGlashan managed the first computerized case management docketing software, Unified Case Management System (UCS) and managed the implementation of Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) system – the current state wide uniform system for use in District, Circuit, and both Appellate Courts of Maryland.
However, many of MacGlashan’s accomplishments are not tangible. Always having been interested in law — his greatgrandfather was a lawyer in Boston recalls MacGlashan — politics held great appeal to him, along with the idea that as a locally elected official, not someone appointed within the judicial system, he could be someone who was accountable to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County. “It is a terribly important thing, to be held accountable,” said MacGlashan.
“Public trust and confidence is our job,” said MacGlashan, “as the Clerk, we are the custodian of the people’s records.” MacGlashan counts himself fortunate that he has been able to help in the preservation of those records.
History plays a vital part in our lives, said MacGlashan, “You must know where you’ve been and where you are, to know where you are going.”
MacGlashan said the Court’s staff are the one’s that make the system work, adding that he was very fortunate to have served with chief deputies, Betty Comeguys and current Chief Deputy Clerk Katherine Hager. Hager, MacGlashan hopes, will be the next Clerk of the Court.
MacGlashan said he has enjoyed every minute of his time, serving as Clerk of the Court for Queen Anne’s County and having the pleasure of serving not only the people of Queen Anne’s, but also the state of Maryland. “I am sincerely thankful to you for the trust and confidence you have placed in me.”
Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Court Scott MacGlashan looks at plans for new courthouse with Chief Deputy Clerk Katherine Hager.