Dodd re-elected Wicomico County Council President

Retired Salisbury firefighter Larry Dodd will continue to lead Wicomico’s legislative branch, having been re-elected Council President by his colleagues Tuesday night.

Larry Dodd.

In a 4-3 vote, Republican Dodd was selected to run council meetings and set the board’s agenda for another year.

Joe Holloway, a Parsonsburg Republican, was elected the council’s Vice President, also on a 4-3 vote.

In a reorganizational meeting last December, Republican John Cannon was replaced by Dodd after Cannon said he needed to step away from the council president to concentrate on his family’s business.

On Tuesday night, Cannon was nominated first for President and later for Vice President. He failed to get the four required votes, however.

Holloway and Dodd voted for themselves in both selections. Nicole Acle and Ernie Davis supported each man. Cannon voted for himself each time, and was supported by Bill McCain and Josh Hastings.

Joe Holloway.

Dodd led the council through a year of turmoil, which included skirmishes with late County Executive Bob Culver, disputes over the appointment of executive branch department heads and a protracted fight over retaining the County Attorney.

The District 3 councilman also led the council through its awkward selection of a County Executive to succeed Culver, who died in July. The council’s first choice for the post withdrew; John Psota was later named Acting County Executive.

In summer 2019, Prior to his elevation to Council President — and while serving as Vice President — Dodd was forced to miss a handful of council meetings after a neighbor beat him with a baseball bat following an argument concerning their dogs.

Dodd was re-elected to a second consecutive term in 2018. His district covers the southeast quadrant of the county including areas toward Parsonsburg, Powellville, Mount Hermon Road, Rustic Acres, Fruitland and Fox Chase.

A retired fire captain, he worked for the Salisbury Fire Department 25 years, starting his career as a paramedic.

Holloway is the council’s longest-serving member. First elected to represent District 5 in 2006, he previously served as Vice President for a year in 2010-11. He was the Council President in 2011-12.

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