Car­roll seeks 2nd term on bench

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By KAYLA RIVAS kri­vas@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — Paul S. Car­roll is run­ning for re-elec­tion as a judge of the Tal­bot County Or­phans’ Court.

First elected to the bench in 2014, Car­roll has worked along­side Will Howard and Carville D. “Don” Dun­can Jr. to han­dle dis­putes about wills, the ad­min­is­tra­tion of es­tates, guardian­ship of mi­nors and sim­i­lar mat­ters.

Though Dun­can died in Au­gust near­ing the end of his third four-year term on the bench, Car­roll said, “He was ex­tremely help­ful to me. It was a quite a con­cern when he passed away.”

Prior to the serv­ing on the or­phans’ court, Car­roll spent 49 years with the Sears Home­town Store in Eas­ton and worked as the owner/op­er­a­tor since 1991.

“The ad­van­tage with my busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as deal­ing with cus­tomers all th­ese years, has been an as­set,” he said. “Nat­u­rally, I want to sat­isfy the cus­tomer. I want to lis­ten to what the needs and con­cerns are.”

Tal­bot County Cham­ber of Com­merce awarded Sears Small Busi­ness of the Year in 2000.

Car­roll said he met a lot of nice lo­cal peo­ple work­ing with Sears when ex­plain­ing his rea­son­ing for run­ning in 2014.

“Since I’ve taken this job, there’s a lot that I’ve had to learn, and I’m still learn­ing,” he said.

An ac­tive mem­ber of First Wes­leyan Church, the Lions Club and the Mayor’s Prayer Break­fast Com­mit­tee, Car­roll said he al­ways tries to be sup­port­ive of the com­mu­nity.

“As a per­son of faith, I pray every morn­ing be­fore I go to the (court) hear­ing to make sure I’m fair and can lis­ten, un­der­stand their sit­u­a­tion and be fair about it,” he said. “I just re­ally en­joy the job.”

He said the job can be tough at times, when fam­i­lies don’t speak to each other over the cases pre­sented.

Car­roll also pre­sented the Howard Hill Schol­ar­ship through Eas­ton Lions this year to a se­nior boy, hav­ing re­ceived the award him­self in 1965. The award is given to in­di­vid­u­als who ex­em­plify scholas­tic in­tegrity and sports in­volve­ment.

Car­roll is a Tal­bot County na­tive, run­ning five gen­er­a­tions deep. He grad­u­ated from Eas­ton High School and Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, and also has been in­volved with real es­tate since 1980 as a real es­tate bro­ker.

His hob­bies now in­clude pick­le­ball at the lo­cal YMCA, and spend­ing time on the wa­ter and with fam­ily.

Car­roll has been mar­ried to wife Faith for over 40 years, has two daugh­ters, Beth Olavs­rud and Kather­ine Car­roll, and two grand­chil­dren, Lucy and Chase Olavs­rud.

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PAUL S. CAR­ROLL

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