Elkton, December 14, 2010 – Before a standing room only audience of some 60 people, the new Republican Board of County Commissioners met for the first time. The first item considered, the election of presiding officers for the new term, resulted in the appointment of Jim Mullin as President and Diana Broomell as Vice-President.
Before the nominations were made, Commissioner Hodge, one of two remaining mid-term officials, welcomed the newcomers and offered a few general observations. Noting the challenges ahead, as well as the implications of an election that didn’t return incumbents, he said: “I have a good feeling” about our ability to work together as we make complex decisions. We have to be more effective. Our citizens have let us know that they don’t want more taxes passed on to them. We have to find new, more efficient ways of doing things. Looking around the conference room, people standing against walls and in the hallway, as those outside struggled to hear the proceedings, the commissioner, observed that public involvement with county government had been minimal during his first two years. “Frankly there has been limited participation of the citizens. Citizen involvement keeps us accountable” and I wish we’d had more, but this is good to see. For the newcomers, he had a suggestion. “Ask lots of questions. It’ll educate you and it keeps the staff accountable.”
After those remarks, the floor was opened for nominations. Jim Mullin, the other official midway through a term, was elected President in a unanimous vote. For Vice-President, Diana Broomell, a recently elected official, was nominated. When the vote was called, Commissioner Hodge abstained while the other commissioners approved the appointment.