Wicomico executive branch facing open posts, questions

Wicomico County’s executive branch problems are mounting, and the growing list of staffing questions and County Council spending roadblocks are beginning to hamper some county functions. With the announcement that county Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg would soon retire, and Strausburg’s deputy, Assistant Director Weston Young, is departing in two weeks, the list of challenges […]

Wicomico schools would increase spending 3.78%

The Wicomico County Board of Education has approved a $236.98 million budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which increases total spending by $8.6 million, or 3.78 percent. The budget is essentially flat to the state’s Maintenance of Effort spending number, which is determined through a formula that ensures a school system is adequately funding public […]

Officers suspended as City Police face second probe

The Salisbury Police Department is facing a second major internal investigation in a matter of weeks, following the suspension of three police officers and an Assistant State’s Attorney. All four law enforcement figures are receiving scrutiny for possibly withholding evidence and pertinent information in a 2011 criminal case in which three accused people pleaded guilty. […]

Bob Culver will seek treatment for liver cancer

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver confirmed Monday that he has been diagnosed with liver cancer and will seek treatment and possibly an organ transplant. Culver, 67, first broke the news on Thursday, when he informed county department heads and other key employees. He made clear on Monday that he will not step down and will […]

Appointments battle might imperil Wicomico borrowing

The potential ramifications of Wicomico County not having a duly appointed County Attorney and Finance Director became clearer in a public meeting last week. The county’s second-ranking executive official, Administrative Director Wayne Strausburg admitted to County Council members that Wicomico’s ability to borrow money to fund capital projects was in jeopardy because the council had […]

Hanlin stresses security in annual schools report

Addressing security concerns and implementing goals expected under a sweeping state education improvement initiative are among the top task list items for Wicomico schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin. In her annual State of the Schools address held this week before a crowd of community leaders, Hanlin unveiled her “Achieve 4.0” strategic plan and reviewed progress […]

Medical marijuana public use restrictions sought

Wicomico County is poised to become just the second jurisdiction in Maryland to crack down on marijuana use in public. The County Council recently heard an appeal from Sheriff Mike Lewis and State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes, who want county leaders to implement a measure that places medical marijuana in the same enforcement arena as alcohol. […]

Mardela school scrapped for now from spending plan

Highly anticipated plans for a new middle and high school complex in Mardela Springs appear either dead or significantly delayed for now. Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has officially removed more than $40 million in capital monies expected to be disbursed over five years for a new school to serve the western side of the […]

Council, Culver enter war footing on hirings

Appointments of key Wicomico officials have reached a new level of consternation as the County Council is standing up to County Executive and refusing to greenlight at least three hires he has made. At the council’s first meeting of the new year, members took an assortment of actions that push back on County Executive Bob […]

Wicomico HR Director hiring sees complications

These days within the Wicomico County government, not even the hiring of a new Human Resources Director is an easy proposition. When County Executive Bob Culver personally presented his choice to lead the department that oversees the policies affecting the nearly 600 full-time county government employees, he told County Council members that he was there […]

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