Thomas G. Duncan, former Talbot County Council Member and 2014 MACo President, was selected by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to receive the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award. Mr. Duncan, who recently completed his fifth term with the Talbot County Council, has led an esteemed career of 57 years in public service:
- Soldier, 3rd Infantry Division 1957-1959
- Maryland National Guard 1959-1960
- Member, Maryland State Police 1960-1984
- Member, Talbot County Council 1986-1993
- Talbot County Sheriff 1993-2002
- Member, Talbot County Council 2002-2014
- Member, Maryland Association of Counties 1986-1993/2002-2014
Additionally Mr. Duncan has served as President of the Maryland Sheriff’s Association, member of the Governor’s Task Force on Gambling, Maryland’s Police Training Commission, Governor’s Advisory Council on Recycling, S.S. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church and President of the Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge #1622, Talbot County Business Round Table, Easton Rotary, Talbot County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Maryland Troopers Association, Board of Directors of the Talbot County Arts Council, Board of Directors of the Easton Academy of the Arts, Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Board of Directors of the Izaak Walton League, and Board of Directors of Talbot Partnership.
The Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award was established in memory of MACo Past President and former Montgomery County Council Member, Marilyn J. Praisner. Current Maryland county elected officials may nominate any living current or former Maryland county elected official to receive this award. Recipients of the award are recognized for outstanding service to the county, their constituents, and MACo.
Mr. Duncan was presented the Praisner Award on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD. The Inaugural Banquet and Awards Ceremony marked the beginning of the MACo presidential term for Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who presented Mr. Duncan with MACo’s Past President Plaque.