John Barr Reflects on “Bittersweet” 2016

In a very personal interview with the Herald-Mail‘s CJ Lovelace, 2016 MACo President John Barr discussed the highs and lows of his year as MACo President, including the loss of a dear friend and co-worker.

It has been a year of ups and downs for Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr.

Serving as president of the Maryland Association of Counties, Barr said he has developed a first-name relationship with Gov. Larry Hogan and many members of his Cabinet, as well as brought Washington County to the forefront of many discussions at the state level.

At the same time, a longtime employee of his personal business, Ellsworth Electric, passed away from cancer in recent months.

Barr said Crystal Mowen had been with Ellsworth for the last three decades. Over the past year, she was instrumental in helping coordinate his travel and other arrangements as he fulfilled his duties as the first MACo president from Washington County since 1979.

“It’s been a bittersweet year,” he said Monday.

Read the full article on the Herald-Mail website.

Watch a brief video as part of the John Barr interview.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties