Carroll seeks 2nd term on bench
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.
PAUL S. CARROLL