Pickrum, Short attend final meeting
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.