New Tal­bot coun­cil sworn in

Pack elected pres­i­dent, Calla­han vice pres­i­dent

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRISTINA ACOSTA ca­[email protected]­pub.com

EAS­TON — Chuck Calla­han, Frank Divilio, Pete Lesher, Corey Pack and Laura Price took their oaths of of­fice Mon­day, Dec. 3, at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony for the 2018-2022 term of the Tal­bot County Coun­cil.

More than 100 peo­ple at­tended the cer­e­mony at the Prager Au­di­to­rium to see Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Kathi Du­vall swear in all five coun­cil mem­bers.

Af­ter a se­cret bal­lot cast by the coun­cil mem­bers, County At­tor­ney An­thony Ku­per­smith an­nounced Pack as the new coun­cil

pres­i­dent and Calla­han as the new vice pres­i­dent.

“We must get the ground run­ning. There are va­cant po­si­tions that need our con­sid­er­a­tion, boards that re­quire our at­ten­tion and build­ings that soon need to be built,” Pack said. “We may have come here this evening as in­di­vid­u­als, with our sep­a­rate plans and ideas. But we must leave here tonight as one coun­cil, fo­cus on do­ing the work of the peo­ple, be­cause in the end, how we han­dle the work of the peo­ple will be the true mea­sure of the 13th coun­cil.”

Calla­han said he is ready to take on his new duty.

“I would like to thank all of my sup­port­ers and the peo­ple of Tal­bot County, putting the faith in me to lead the county for the next four years,” he said. “It is an honor and priv­i­lege to stand in front of every­body, and the county has a lot of great things that will be hap­pen­ing in the next four years. I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing in­volved. Just the thought that the cit­i­zens are think­ing that I am go­ing to be a part of mak­ing very im­por­tant de­ci­sions for every­body here is a great feel­ing.”

Price, who is start­ing her third term, said she is hon­ored and aware of the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the com­mu­nity’s vote of con­fi­dence. She said she will con­tinue to work for the com­mu­nity for the next four years.

“What I have learned in eight years is how much party should not and does not mat­ter,” Price said. “I couldn’t have hon­estly said that to you eight years ago be­cause I did not un­der­stand. We all have the same mis­sion, to work on the is­sues that af­fect the county. The most im­por­tant thing is to rep­re­sent all of you for the next four years.”

New­comer Divilio said the cer­e­mony is an op­por­tu­nity for him to move Tal­bot County closer to achiev­ing its im­mense po­ten­tial while pre­serv­ing ev­ery­thing the com­mu­nity loves about its small towns and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. Divilio said although each coun­cil mem­ber brings in some­thing dif­fer­ent, the vot­ers put faith in them to make Tal­bot County pro­gres­sive.

“It’s now our job to work to­gether, lis­ten with open minds, par­tic­i­pate with ro­bust dis­cus­sions and make the best de­ci­sions pos­si­ble for the ben­e­fit of Tal­bot County,” Divilio said. “To the em­ploy­ees of Tal­bot County, thank you for the kind­ness and sup­port you have al­ready shown me since the elec­tion. You are ex­perts in what you do, and I look for­ward to learn­ing from you as we work to­gether over the next four years. To the res­i­dents of Tal­bot County, I work for you.”

Lesher, who also is new to the Tal­bot County Coun­cil, shared the same sen­ti­ment as Divilio and said he is on a mis­sion to tackle the chal­lenges ahead for the county. He also said he is de­clin­ing the health care ben­e­fits of­fered by the county, even though they are more af­ford­able than other op­tions to him and his fam­ily, be­cause it will save the county a small amount of money.

“With a $92 mil­lion bud­get, that is a drop in the bucket; its sig­nif­i­cance is merely sym­bolic. I am here to ser ve the peo­ple of Tal­bot County,” Lesher said. “It is my hope that we work to­gether and set goals to move this county for­ward on ru­ral broad­band, on cen­tral cap­i­tal projects, on the preser­va­tion of this very spe­cial place and its char­ac­ter.”

Af­ter each coun­cil mem­ber had the op­por­tu­nity to speak, TriLife Chris­tian Cen­ter Pas­tor An­thony Short ended the cer­e­mony with a bene­dic­tion.

PHOTO BY CHRISTINA ACOSTA

From left, Tal­bot County Coun­cil­men Chuck Calla­han, Frank Divilio, Pete Lesher, Corey Pack and Laura Price await the re­sults of their vot­ing for coun­cil pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent.

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