Jack Heath selected from 12 applicants for Cohen’s seat

Salisbury City Council members today selected Jack Heath to join their body.

A former CEO of Lower Shore Enterprises, Heath was a candidate in last year’s council race, but lost to Jake Day.

The four council members selected Heath after a series of candidate interviews Monday.

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Heath was among a dozen applicants who applied to fill the seat vacated by Councilwoman Terry Cohen.

“All 12 brought different abilities and benefits to the table,” Council President Jake Day said this week, after the candidates were interviewed Monday in closed session.

Heath will be sworn in on Tuesday. The position ends Nov. 3, 2015.

Other applicants were:

  • Chad Pavlekovich, science teacher at Salisbury Middle School and 2011-2012 teacher of the year.
  • Muir Boda, who ran for City Council and the U.S. Congress and lost.
  • Kevin Lindsay of Goodwill Industries and a member of the Perdue Chicks Eastern Shore Baseball League.
  • Nathan Long, a Salisbury defense attorney.
  • Millicent Handy, a Salisbury social worker and therapist.
  • Tom Welsh, a member of the city’s Traffic and Safety Advisory Committee.
  • Don Cathcart, retired Salisbury University professor.
  • Seth Mitchell, attorney who ran for Wicomico County state’s attorney and lost.
  • Therese Hamilton, executive director of Salisbury Wicomico Art Council.
  • Don Hughes, who served a term in the Maryland House of Representatives, representing District 37A
  • Sarah Halcott, artist, owner of Amused Studios and art teacher.

Salisbury City Council members are paid $10,000 annually, and the president earns an additional $2,000.

Cohen resigned unexpectedly Aug. 4, saying she had pressing family responsibilities that would prevent her from living up to her own high standards.

Afterward, Day said her replacement should be as committed to public service as she was, not necessary political, but certainly civic-minded and a “qualified public servant.”

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