The Wicomico County Council will begin the process of selecting a new County Executive with several candidates to choose from.
Following the untimely passing of County Executive Bob Culver, the County Council will decide who fills the role. The County Charter states that if a vacancy in the Office of County Executive occurs after the first 12 months of a term, the vacancy will be filled through a majority vote of the Council. Applications for the position needed to be postmarked by August 11th, and the Council needs to settle on a candidate by the second week in September.
Thus far four individuals have applied: State Delegate Carl Anderton who represents part of Wicomico County in the General Assembly, District 5 Councilmember Joe Holloway, former county Finance Director Michele Ennis, and Rene Desmarais who ran in 2014 for a seat in the House of Delegates. The replacement must be an individual of the predecessor’s party affiliation (Republican, in this case) and fit within the standing requirements outlined for the position included in Section 405 of the County Charter:
- Be a resident and qualified voter of the county for at least five years immediately preceding the appointment.
- Must be 25 years of age at the time of appointment
- May not hold any other office of profit in federal, state, county or municipal government during the term in office
- The County Executive is not eligible for appointment to any compensated county office or position, except as a County Council member, for one year after the termination of the term in office.