Nearly seven months on the job, his first budget process under his belt, some new department heads in place and the prospect of an economic uptick on the financial highway ahead, Bob Culver appears eager to expand his influence sphere across Wicomico County.
The county’s power change has gone much smoother than many people might have expected, apart from some unforeseen disputes with the county’s school board and education administrators (chagrined schools officials — and even some County Council members — brushed aside his ideas on West Salisbury Elementary’s renovation and Bennett Middle School’s demolition).
Even county workers’ vocal concerns over possible alterations to their employee handbooks seem to have faded, and a donnybrook with Salisbury’s mayor over fire funding quickly moved from the boxing ring to the negotiation table.
At 62, most men might be looking to slow down and plan for their retirement years. Culver, however, boasts a seven-day work schedule that he readily admits to enjoy. The late-night calls from department heads and constituents, the weekend community events whose participants appreciate the county leader’s attendance, the hours spent trying to decipher complicated issues and figuring out whose advice to follow — to all of these things, Culver declares: “Bring it on.”
During last fall’s campaign, candidate Culver seemed to have answers for every issue and ran with an air of confidence that voters seemed to embrace.
In interviewing Culver in his third-floor office in the Government Office Building, a slight change in persona could be detected.
One gets the impression that the job of County Executive might be harder than he expected, but it’s also pretty obvious that he enjoys his position of power and has the energy to pursue his ideals.
Wherever I go, people want to talk about the Q&A features in our newspaper. The most typical reaction? Readers appreciate knowing more about the news- and decision-makers in our community. The interviews, it seems, allow people to feel more connected to the subjects, and more aware of issues facing our community. People also tell […]
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