Macglashan retires as clerk of court
CENTREVILLE — Longtime Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Court Scott “Scotty” Macglashan officially retired Friday afternoon, Nov. 30. A retirement celebration was held at the historic Queen Anne’s County Court House, arranged by the people who worked most closely with Macglashan.
Numerous tributes were paid to Macglashan ast the celebration for his tireless work for the people of the county the past 24 years.
Queen Anne’s Commission President Steve Wilson began the accolades, saying, “Scott has brought our circuit court from the 19th century into the 21st century.” He presented Macglashan with a propped, laminated photograph of the historic court house.
Macglashan also was presented a miniature replica of the court house, custom made by Rick Kirwan of Rhodesdale, Maryland. The miniature court house is kept under a small glass shield to protect it.
He was also recognized by Queen Anne’s Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Cuches and Sheriff Gary Hofmann.
Cuches used two words to describe Macghashan, “excellence” and “ser vice.”
He added, “Scott cares about the citizens of Queen Anne’s County.”
While shaking Hofmann’s hand, Macglashan said, “One thing Sheriff Hofmann and I have had in common consistently over our years, we’ve always told people, ‘We love our jobs!’ That’s the truth.”
Macglashan spoke briefly, thanking all who came to the celebration.
He reminisced about first being elected Clerk of the Cour t in 1994 and the invaluable training he received over the years from former Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Judge John W. Sause Jr.
Macglashan was elected clerk at age 47. A native Queen Anne’s County resident, he had previously worked in the family agricultural business, making a living at Kingstown Tractor Company in northern Queen Anne’s County, just outside of Chestertown.
Macglashan talked about how the former Queen Anne’s ounty jail had been located directly across the street from the court house, where the Liberty Building now stands.
He recalled, “The old jail was torn down between 19901992. Can you imagine, at one time, there was only one gun shared between the QA Sheriff’s deputies when they escorted prisoners across the street to the court house?” The time he was referring to was in the early 1960s, when, he said, “The sheriff’s office was very small, only having three deputies, and there was only one patrol car which the deputies had to share during their work shifts.”
“You know, when Queen Anne’s County was founded in 1706, there were about
17,000 people living here in the county,” Macglashan said. “Before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was opened in the early 1950s, there was only about 18,000 people living here. The population numbers had remained rather unchanged. But after the bridge, population began to rise. We’re now near 50,000 people, and we’ve had to change with the times.”
All records at the court house are now kept in computer files. That’s probably been the biggest physical change under Macglashan’s tenure. Where records were once logged in books and file cabinets, the public can now look them up on a computer.
Even to the last day, always fighting for the people of Queen Anne’s County, Macghashan told Delegate Jay Jacobs, R-36-kent, who attended the celebration, “Delegate Jacobs, the burden of a single circuit court judge in one county is great. We often burn our judges out with too heavy a case loads. I’m asking you to arrange for a second judge to be assigned to Queen Anne’s County to help lift some of that burden from Judge Thomas Ross. An additional judge can only be arranged through the state legislature.” Jacobs acknowledged he heard the request.
Macglashan’s final comments were about his successor, Clerk of the Court-elect Katherine Hager. Praising her for her discipline in receiving ongoing training over the past 10-years as Deputy Clerk of the Court, he said, “This court is in good hands. Katherine is a 21st century Clerk of the Court.”
From left, Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Court-elect Katherine Hager, retiring Clerk of the Court Scott Macglashan and Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ross at Macglashan’s retirement party Friday afternoon, Nov. 30, at the courthouse.
The entire Macglanshan family was present during Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Court Scott Macglanshan’s retirement party Friday afternoon, Nov. 30, at the courthouse in Centreville. From the left, Scott Macglashan; sons, Marc Macglashan and Dave Macglashan; daughters-in-law, Jennifer, and Catherine; son Steve Macglashan; and wife, Carolyn Macglashan.
From the left, retiring Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Court Scott Macglashan is congratulated by QA Sheriff Gary Hofmann for his 24-years of service as Clerk during Macglashan’s retirement party, Friday afternoon, Dec. 1, at the court house in Centreville. Macglashan said, “Both Sheriff Hofmann and I have always claimed that we love our jobs, being in service to the people of Queen Anne’s County!”
This miniature replica of the Queen Anne’s County Court House was presented to retiring Clerk of the Court Scott Macglashan Friday afternoon, Nov. 30, during his retirement party held inside the real court house. Macglashan served as Clerk of the Court the past 24 years. The replica was custom made by Rick Kirwan of Rhodesdale.