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County Comment: 2006-2010 Washington County Board of County Commissioners Inaugurated

County Comment
2006-2010 Washington County Board of County Commissioners Inaugurated
by Norman Bassett, Washington County Public Information Officer

In ceremonies held on December 5, 2006 at 10am in Courtroom #1 of the Washington County, Maryland Courthouse, the newly elected Board of County Commissioners was sworn, in proceedings overseen by Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Washington County, the Honorable Fred C. Wright, III.
Following the invocation, opening remarks and musical selections by The Reflections choral ensemble from Clear Spring High School, Kristin B. Aleshire, Terry L. Baker, John F. Barr, James F. Kercheval and William J. Wivell were administered oaths of office by Dennis J. Weaver. Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Aleshire, a native of Hagerstown, served 6 years on the City Council before being elected as a Washington County Commissioner. A 1996 graduate of Hagerstown Community College and 1998 graduate of Salisbury State University, he is a professional land use planner for ARRO Inc., a local engineering firm, and resides in Hagerstown with his wife Tenneille. During his terms on City Council, he served on numerous boards and commissions addressing both city and countywide issues.
Baker, a first-term County Commissioner is a 1973 graduate of Williamsport High School, a 1975 Graduate of Hagerstown Junior College and a 1978 Graduate of Auburn University, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education. Terry is employed as a trades instructor of carpentry at Washington County Technical High School. He was elected to serve on the municipality of Clear Spring as a Council Member from 2002-2004, and as Assistant Mayor from 2204 until his inauguration as Commissioner. Terry and his wife, Katrina, reside in Clear Spring and are the proud parents of twin daughters Jessica and Jennifer.
Barr is a first-term County Commissioner, was raised in Boonsboro, Maryland and is a Master Electrician in five states. In high school, John worked for his father as a field electrician at M/L Electric, Inc., which began in 1927. In 1979 he formed the management team overseeing the service department. In 1984 John bought the company from his dad, changed the name to Ellsworth Electric, Inc. in honor of both his father and father-in-law, whose middle names were Ellsworth. He has built the company from 75 employees to a current level of 150 employees. He is active in various service organizations and community projects. He married Teresa L. Myers in 1975 and has four children and two grandchildren. Hobbies include helping others no matter what the project; motorcycling, horseback riding and farming.
Jim Kercheval was born and raised in Washington County and is serving his second term as a Commissioner. Jim graduated from Smithsburg High School in 1983, attended Hagerstown Community College and received a B.A. degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Shippensburg University in 1987. After college, Kercheval became a partner in Em-Ing's Broiled Foods, in Ocean City. In 1990 he opened Kerch's Southern BBQ in Hagerstown, and sold that business in 2004. A member of various local organizations including the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Board member of Hagerstown Rotary, and Past-President of the Hagerstown Jaycees, he was named Washington County Chamber of Commerce's Small Businessman of the Year in 2000. Jim and his wife, Clair, have three sons, Jacob, Garrett and Luke.
Wivell, a third-term County Commissioner and is a Business Manager for Saint James School. He is a Certified Public Accountant, holding a Masters degree in Business from Mount Saint Mary's University. He also holds the Associate's degree from Hagerstown Community College and Bachelor's degree from Shepherd University. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA). Bill is a lifetime resident of Washington County, residing in the Smithsburg area.

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