Salisbury’s ‘no knock’ warrants under new scrutiny

Salisbury City Council members have agreed to consider a ban on the use of no-knock warrants in the city police department, but they told advocates of the proposal they want to wait for the city’s new Criminal Justice Reform Task Force to meet and make recommendations. To do otherwise “doesn’t make sense,” Council President Jack […]

Jim Ireton offers heartfelt farewell in departure

Jim Ireton, an outgoing Salisbury City Council member and former two-term mayor, gave an emotional farewell to city employees, friends and family during Monday night’s council meeting. “Thank you, Salisbury,” he said. “Thank you so much for the opportunity to be everything I thought I could be.” Ireton, 49, who has been active in local […]

City’s own alcohol licensing plan advanced by council

Salisbury City Council members are advancing a plan for the city to establish its own liquor licensing board, which they said will remove the licensing responsibility in city limits from a county board they see as being too political and lacking transparency. The move also would allow business owners to get all of their necessary […]

District 4 contender drops from City Council race

Johnsons Lake neighborhood resident Carol Smith has withdrawn as a candidate for Salisbury City Council a week after the filing deadline. In a letter to the newspaper, Smith said at the time she filed, there was only one other candidate in District 4, Michelle Gregory. “I strongly believe elections should always have a least two […]

Salisbury election field is set; Ireton not running

Salisbury residents will face choices for mayor and four of the five City Council seats in the upcoming city election, but Councilman Jim Ireton won’t be among the names on the ballot. Ireton, who also is a former mayor, did not file for re-election to his District 4 seat by Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. filing deadline. […]

Angela Blake wins appointment to City Council

Angela M. Blake was sworn in as the new Salisbury City Council member on Monday night, filling the seat vacated by former councilman Hardy Rudasill, who resigned last month. Blake, who will represent the city’s east side, comprising District 5, was selected from among three applicants for the position. To win the post, she had […]

Jack Heath files for Salisbury City Council

Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath has filed for re-election, making him the first candidate to seek a seat on the Council in the Nov. 5 election. Heath, 71, a native of New Jersey, filed on Jan. 7. He said he was sometimes asked if he would file for re-election and replied he would if […]

Hardy Rudasill to depart Salisbury Council

Salisbury City Councilman R. Hardy Rudasill, who was appointed in October 2016 to represent District 5, has resigned from the council, effective Jan. 31. Rudasill announced his resignation at this week’s City Council meeting and told the Salisbury Independent he will close his local law office and move to Baltimore, where he will be involved […]

John Hall saluted for service to Wicomico airport

It was quite a surprise for Wicomico County Councilman John Hall, who is also Chairman of the Airport Commission, to learn the new passenger lounge at the county’s airport had been named for him. “I had no clue,” Hall said about the celebratory event last week. “They do a soft opening, so I thought that’s […]

Veto overridden; pay raises coming for mayor, council

The Salisbury City Council, by unanimous vote this week, overrode Mayor Jake Day’s veto of a pay raise for the mayor’s post and council seats. A few days after an ordinance to increase salaries was passed approved, Day vetoed it. The ordinance will double the mayor’s salary from $25,000 to $50,000 annually. Day said this […]