School board member David Goslee dies

Three months after requesting a recount of ballots that resulted in him winning a seat on the Wicomico County Board of Education, David Goslee Sr. has died.

David Goslee, elected to the county school board in a squeaker election, died this week after a little more than a month into his freshman term.

The 78-year-old retired law enforcement officer, who represented District 3, reportedly suffered from leukemia and passed away on Monday.

He ran for the Board of Education against incumbent Bill Turner, lost, then requested that ballots be counted again.

So dedicated was Goslee that he took time to talk to the Salisbury Independent after being prepped for a medical procedure at the hospital and while waiting for that procedure to begin.

Board of Education members issued a news release announcing his death

School Board President Don Fitzgerald praised Goslee for showing “a true passion for seeing both our students and the school system excel in all areas.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,” Fitzgerald said.

To fill Goslee’s seat, the Wicomico County School Board Nominating Commission will select nominees and recommend them to the Wicomico County Council.

Within 60 days of the vacancy, the 14 members of the Nominating Commission – appointed by County Executive Bob Culver — will publicize criteria for choosing nominees, announce their names, hold at least two public hearings and submit names to the County Council.

The council will have a public hearing and, if they deem at least one applicant acceptable, take a vote.

In early December, after being sworn in as a school board member and gathering for an introductory dinner with colleagues, Goslee told the Salisbury Independent he was “still in shock that I finally got it.”

“The Lord’s got me there for a reason. I had a lot of people tell me, ‘Dave, we’ve known you all your life. Don’t change from the way you are.’ I do not intend to. That’s not my way. If you tell me something in confidence that’s where it stays,” he said.

His goal, he said, was to “make sure to the best of my ability that the schools are safe and the transportation is safe.”

“That’s what my expertise is in, law enforcement and safety and logistics. That is where I’d like to concentrate my time.

“I want to visit the schools, see what the problems are. I want to go unannounced. I don’t want people to know I’m coming ahead so they make sure there’s a special, good-looking lunch.

“I want to see the everyday atmosphere and form my own opinions. I want funding to go to good use for the teachers and the children. That’s what I want to concentrate on, taking care of the kids, the children, their safety, and making sure they have what they need.

“If something is right, I’ll stand behind it. If something doesn’t sound right, I’ll listen and let them explain it to me,” Goslee said.

On election night, Nov. 6, it was announced Goslee lost to incumbent Turner by one vote, with the final count being 3,056 to 3,055.

Turner claimed 184 of the 350 absentee and provisional votes that were tallied and verified last week. Goslee received 166 absentees and provisionals.

After the recount, Anthony Gutierrez, Board of Elections Director, confirmed Goslee was the unofficial winner.

“I, of course, wish him well,” Turner said, conceding as a gentleman, with grace.

“I enjoyed my time on the Board of Education. I hope that he puts the effort into it. I’m sure he will. I wish them well. I thought I brought something to the table that other people didn’t and I’m glad I had the opportunity to serve,” Turner said.

Goslee said he was urged to request a recount by friends.

“I just think a recount is in order to lay everything to rest and satisfy a lot of people who backed me and everything,” he said.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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