Mackes out as Wicomico Parks, Rec, Tourism director

Salisbury Independent

Gary Mackes, a lifelong employee of the Wicomico Department of Recreation Parks & Tourism, will step down from the post he has held since 1980.

A short, terse news release sent late Friday by County Executive Bob Culver said that Mackes was retiring, effective Dec. 31.

“I am appreciative of the service rendered by Mr. Mackes to the citizens of Wicomico County and wish him well in retirement,” Culver said in the statement.

The release did not contain any comment from Mackes. The Independent attempted unsuccessfully to immediately reach Mackes.

Mackes is the longest serving department head currently with the county. He succeeded Lorne Rickart as director. Mackes was assistant director from 1975-80, handling the recreation segment of the department.

Tourism was added to Mackes’ area of responsibility a decade later.

Mackes is well known for his aggressive professional style and efforts to protect his department. His department has grown considerably over the years; Mackes worked to make the Civic Center into a world-class entertainment complex and was an advocate for countywide recreational opportunities.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at

As your community newspaper, we are committed to making Salisbury a better place. You can help support our mission by making a voluntary contribution to the newspaper.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment