Reforms suggested for Wicomico Charter process

The central character in the bitter disputes between the County Executive and County Council in recent years hasn’t been a person — it’s been the Wicomico County Charter. The product of a complete rewriting when voters approved the County Executive form of government in 2006, the charter is supposed to undergo a committee review once […]

John Psota working to stabilize Wicomico leadership

Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota said he has spent his first weeks in his post working to stabilize county department head positions, fill senior vacancies and prepare for budgetary challenges caused by the health pandemic. In addressing the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce November General Membership Luncheon, Psota said he is working to unite […]

Wicomico has mixed history with executive government

It was 20 long and confusing years ago that Wicomico County’s government was turned upside down and 18 years ago that residents first heard the words “County Executive” suggested as a means to run things. In 2000, the County Council had buckled under an assortment of budget pressures and implemented a jaw-dropping 0.46-cents property tax […]

One On One, Oct. 15, 2020: Wicomico’s John Cannon

Wicomico County Council Vice President John Cannon talks about the various issues confronting county government, lists plans for the continuing fiscal year and sheds some light on the process that was followed to select a new County Executive.

Psota named Acting County Executive through 2022

Wicomico Director of Administration Jon Psota will continue serving as Acting County Executive for as long as the next two years, following a 5-2 vote of the County Council on Friday. Council President Larry Dodd declared the seven-member body was unable to reach a consensus on who the successor to the late Bob Culver should […]

Wicomico Council to discuss executive process Friday

Two weeks ago, the Wicomico County Council set a Sept. 14 deadline for applicants to the vacant County Executive position, so it could discuss next steps when it convened again on Sept. 15. When Tuesday’s meeting came, however, no discussion occurred. Council President Larry Dodd confirmed that two applications had been submitted in the search […]

Anderton reapplies for County Executive post

Wicomico County is finishing up a seventh straight week without a council-selected County Executive in place, some movement in the process to replace the late Bob Culver is expected early next week. Back on Aug. 28, after its original choice for executive forfeited the appointment nomination, the County Council set this Monday as the deadline […]

Wicomico will start over in failed executive search

The Wicomico County Council spent most every week of at least the last four years fighting with County Executive Bob Culver. Now, with Culver gone from the scene, the seven-member body has taken to fighting each other. In a virtually unprecedented meeting held late on a Friday afternoon, the council ducked any roll-call votes as […]

Wicomico meeting Friday to discuss executive selection

The Wicomico County Council is expected to meet in a public session on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to chart the next steps in its botched effort to appoint a new County Executive. The public can attend or view the meeting via PAC 14, the county’s Public Access Channel. The clock is ticking on the council’s […]

County Executive: A Q&A on the selection process

Q. Why did Dr. Rene Desmarais ultimately decline his appointment? A. In a statement, Desmarais — who works as a cardiologist for the Peninsula Regional Medical Group — said he had concluded “the greatest benefit I can provide to my patients and to my friends in Wicomico County is to continue practicing medicine.” There has […]