Pick­rum, Short at­tend fi­nal meet­ing

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By LEANN SCHENKE [email protected]­coun­tynews.com

CHESTERTOWN — Wil­liam Pick­rum and Bill Short at­tended their fi­nal meet­ing as Kent County Com­mis­sion­ers Nov. 20.

Fol­low­ing the mid-term elec­tions, Repub­li­can Bob Ja­cob re­ceived the most votes fol­lowed by cur­rent com­mis­sioner Ron Fithian, a Demo­crat, and Repub­li­can Tom Ma­son.

Short, a Repub­li­can, came in fourth place fol­lowed by Pick­rum and Tom Tim­ber­man, both Democrats.

Pick­rum is the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Kent County Com­mis­sion­ers. He was first elected in 2002 and has served con­tin­u­ous terms since then. Pick­rum is a na­tive of Kent County.

He works as project man­ager at the Re­new­able En­ergy Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter at Delaware State Uni­ver­sity in Dover, Del.

Short was ap­pointed a com­mis­sioner in 2012 af­ter for­mer com­mis­sioner Alex Rasin re­tired. Short pre­vi­ously made a bid for com­mis­sioner in 2010, but was not elected. In 2014, he won his seat.

Short is a Kent County na­tive. He owns East­ern In­te­ri­ors on High Street.

“I just want to thank you two guys for work­ing (to­gether) for the last six years. There were some rough times. There were a lot of good times,” Short told his fel­low com­mis­sion­ers dur­ing their Nov. 20 meet­ing. “But I per­son­ally want to thank you for that.”

“The three of us — this has been as pro­duc­tive a four years as I’ve spent,” Fithian said.

This will be Fithian’s sixth term as a com­mis­sioner. He has a to­tal 20 years ex­peri- ence — he was elected in 1998 for his first term as com­mis­sioner but lost his bid to be re-elected in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006 and has served since.

Fithian also serves as the town man­ager for Rock Hall, which is his home­town.

“I wish we were the ones fin­ish­ing out all the good things we’ve put in place. That’s the big­gest thing,” Short said.

“That is the big­gest thing,” Pick­rum said in ref­er­ence to Short’s com­ment. “Kent County has been around for a few hun­dred years. And it will con­tinue to be around.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, he praised the staff in all de­part­ments in the county for their ex­cep­tional work. He said the staff is very ded­i­cated as well.

The ma­jor­ity of elected of­fi­cials will be sworn in Mon­day, Dec. 3 in the Cir­cuit Court room. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the event.

The cer­e­mony be­gins at 10 a.m. as Judge of the Cir­cuit Court Har­ris Mur­phy will swear in Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Mark Mum­ford. Mum­ford will then swear in Mur­phy for his 15-year term.

Mum­ford will then swear in the three com­mis­sion­ers, Fithian, Ja­cob and Ma­son for their four-year terms.

This was both Ja­cob’s and Ma­son’s first bid for com­mis­sioner.

Ja­cob is from Rock Hall. He started his busi­ness Ch­e­sa­peake CNC Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­ter Inc. in 2004. He serves on the county’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and has been the vice chair­man since 2012.

Ma­son is a Ce­cil County na­tive who moved to Kent County af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land in 1971. He op­er­ates a dairy farm near Chestertown. Ma­son is a mem­ber of the board of trustees for the Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Land Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion. He also is one of two di­rec­tors for District 5 of the Mary­land Farm Bu­reau.

Af­ter the com­mis­sion­ers are sworn in, Mum­ford also will swear in Reg­is­ter of Wills Kristi Os­born; Or­phans’ Court judges El­roy G. Boyer Jr., Betty Car­roll and Amy Nick­er­son; and Sher­iff John Price.

All the deputies in the clerk of the court, reg­is­ter of wills and sher­iff’s of­fices also will be sworn in Dec. 3.

The cer­e­mony will be fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion to wel­come the newly elected com­mis­sion­ers at 11 a.m. in the Com­mis­sion­ers Hear­ing Room, 400 High St., Chestertown. Light re­fresh­ments will be served. Ad­di­tion­ally, Bryan DiGre­gory will be sworn in as Kent County state’s at­tor­ney at 10 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 7, as well as Bobby Mow­ell as deputy state’s at­tor­ney and Chloe Camp­bell as as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­ney.

The last group to be sworn in is the three Kent County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­bers Wendy Costa, Nivek John­son and Tr­ish McGee. That cer­e­mony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 14 at the cen­tral of­fice in Rock Hall.

WIL­LIAM PICK­RUM

BILL SHORT

RON FITHIAN

BOB JA­COB

TOM MA­SON

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