Lobbyist hiring comes as surprise to County Council

Some long-building tensions came spilling into public last week, as evidenced by a barking match between Wicomico’s County Executive and Council President. The drop that made the governmental cup runneth over pertained to County Executive Bob Culver’s decision to hire a lobbyist to aid the county’s business in Annapolis, and his apparent failure to tell […]

Culver defends letter on Folk Festival alcohol permit

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said Monday that he enjoyed attending this year’s National Folk Festival, has a friendly relationship with Salisbury’s mayor, and that he was only trying to protect local decision-making authority when he wrote that a top-ranking state official had committed an “unlawful action” regarding the event. In a 75-minute news conference […]

Brouhaha erupts over Folk Festival license process

County Executive Bob Culver is expected on Monday to publicly explain his intentions when he dispatched a letter to Maryland’s top legislative leader challenging the State Comptroller’s decision to grant a beer and wine license to the just-held National Folk Festival. In his Aug. 27 letter to state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., […]

Wicomico County leaders at odds on a variety of matters

Summer vacations ended with Labor Day and schools officially reopened this week. With a back-to-work atmosphere taking hold, Wicomico County’s governmental command structure remains a bit unsettled back inside the Government Office Building in Downtown Salisbury. Among the ongoing county matters as the calendar prepares to turn to fall: •County leaders are considering whether to […]

Culver to host town hall Thursday at Civic Center

County Executive Bob Culver will host his first-ever Executive Town Hall meeting on Thursday night at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Da Nang Room. Culver has said the Executive Town Hall meetings will be regularly occurring events, held at various locations across Wicomico County. The Executive […]

Attorney enters battle surrounding Culver cabinet

Michele Campbell Ennis is still going to work each day, serving as Finance Director for Wicomico County. The County Council has rejected her appointment to that job, but County Executive Bob Culver is standing firm in his contention that her job status is solely his decision. A letter written to County Council President John Cannon […]

Culver seeking new funding for Beaver Run project

County Executive Bob Culver is sticking by his declaration that Beaver Run Elementary School construction bond borrowing can’t begin this year, even as the County Council is publicly insisting the executive is wrong. In a letter dated June 13 and addressed to county schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin, Council President John Cannon labels Culver’s assertions […]

Culver says council’s actions will delay school project

What seemed like a basic power struggle between the county’s executive and legislative branches has exploded into a government-choking drama that could delay construction of a planned county school. After the County Council on Tuesday declined to confirm County Executive Bob Culver’s recently appointed Finance Director, then blocked his paying unconfirmed employees and restricted his […]

Wicomico Council seeks to cut executive’s office budget

Wicomico Council members knew they were venturing down an awkward budget road last week when they discussed cutting County Executive Bob Culver’s inter-office spending plan by a whopping $85,000. Then, while repeatedly pausing to make mention of their predicament, they plowed ahead anyway. The seven-member legislative branch met last Thursday to go through the county’s […]

Wicomico Council dismisses County Attorney

Rocketing itself into uncharted governmental space on Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council confirmed county department head appointments the County Executive hasn’t made and used a super-majority vote to dismiss the hand-selected County Attorney. In its unprecedented actions, the council used its stipulated powers to act independently on the attorney’s position in government and used implied […]