Mac­glashan re­tires as clerk of court

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­

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.

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