MacGlashan to re­tire as QA Clerk of Court

Will not seek 7th term

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

— 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 md­lan­ 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

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.

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