Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Retiring Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades presented awards of appreciation to the individual Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator and Human Resource Director for their support of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Mades cited outstanding employees for their service to the County that earned them recognition for "Deputy of the Year (DOY)" awards presented by Maryland Sheriffs' Association. Those honored were Colonel Doug Mullendore, DOY for 1982 and 1996, Major Randy Wilkinson DOY for 1989, Lt. Terri Blair DOY in 2004, Lt. Dennis Minnick DOY in 2005, DFC Ann Churchey was also DOY in 2005. Deputy Ben Jones is Deputy of the Year for 2006, and DFC Joe Barnhart was honored as runner-up for Corrections Deputy of the Year for 2006. In addition, Mades brought Detention Center promotions of Dennis Minnick to Lieutenant and Nancy Stouffer to Sergeant to the Board for recognition.
Laura Bowman, coordinator for the National Pike Festival requested continued Commissioners' support for that annual event to be held May 19 and 20, 2007. The County has supplied Sheriff's Deputies and inclusion on insurance policies for the two-day covered wagon parade from Clear Spring to Boonsboro. Bowman requested specific acceptance for usage of the county Mailroom for the January 2007 information packets and registration form mailing, for two Deputies to accompany the wagon train and to include an insurance rider for county activities for the weekend. Participants are required to have their own liability insurance, Bowman said. The program received $2,500 from the Gaming Commission that will cover about half of the expenses. The National Pike Festival is the world's longest celebrated festival in the United States, some 300 miles long. The Washington County National Pike Wagon Train is the only segment that takes place in Maryland. The request was approved by consensus.
Donna Smith and Monda Sagalkin League of Women Voters (LWV) of Washington County presented each commissioner a copy of the KNOW YOUR COUNTY booklet and presented the county with the book on disc. LWV asked that the County use the disc to place the booklet on the County website and update as needed. The booklet had not been updated since 2000. The entire booklet will be updated again in 2 years, Sagalkin said. Funds for printing were awarded by the Gaming Commission, Smith said.