New Talbot council sworn in
Pack elected president, Callahan vice president
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.
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.