CBG To Meet with Commissioner Fithian

On September 26, 2014, in County Issues, Politics, by An American

Ron Fithian is President of the Kent County Commissioners. He is seeking reelection as Commissioner in this fall’s election, and will discuss his campaign with CBG at their Thursday breakfast meeting on October 2.

Commissioner Fithian is a lifelong resident of Rock Hall, MD who not only serves his County, but also has served his town as Town Manager since 1997.

Commissioner Fithian first served as commissioner in 1994, serving two terms that ended in 2002. Commissioner Fithian then served a term from 2006 – 2010, and is currently serving as president until 2014. From 1970-1997, Commissioner Fithian was employed as a waterman for the Maryland Seafood Industry.

Commissioner Fithian served as a member on the Local Government Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Kent County Waterman’s Association, Kent County Public Landings and Facilities Board, Kent County Local Management Board and Social Services Board. He is also a member of the Elks Lodge No. 2474, Rock Hall American Legion Post #228 and Chester Masonic Lodge #115.

 

CBG To Meet with Commissioner Pickrum

On September 19, 2014, in County Issues, Politics, by An American

Commissioner William Pickrum is one of our three County Commissioners. He is seeking a second term as Commissioner in this fall’s election, and will discuss his campaign with CBG at their Thursday breakfast meeting on September 25.

Commissioner Pickrum has served as a Kent County Commissioner since 2002. He is the Deputy Director of Government Support Services in the Office of Management and Budget for the State of Delaware and an Adjunct Professor at Delaware State University.

Commissioner Pickrum was a First Officer Pilot for Florida Gulf Airlines, Inc., a commuter airline serving the US Airways system. He provided flight, navigation and passenger services. William had a distinguished career for over 22 years as an officer in the United States Coast Guard with duties including Program Analyst, Chief of the Search and Rescue Branch, Operations Officer, Pilot/Supply Officer, National Search and Rescue School Instructor, Pilot/Supply Officer, Pilot/Administration Officer.

Commissioner Pickrum received his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Arts (Administration) from Chapman College and Doctor of Public Administration studies at New York University. He currently serves as a member of the Maryland Association of Counties’ Legislative Committee, the Kent County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Board of Directors of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative and previously served on the Upper Shore Aging Board of Directors.

Commissioner Fithian is another of our three County Commissioners. He too is running for another term as Commissioner in this fall’s election, and will discuss his campaign with CBG at their Thursday breakfast meeting on October 2.

 

CBG To Meet With Bill Short

On September 12, 2014, in County Issues, Politics, by An American

Bill Short is one of our three County Commissioners. He is seeking a second term as Commissioner in this fall’s election, and will discuss his campaign with CBG at their Thursday breakfast meeting on September 18.

Bill is a lifelong resident of Kent County and the Acting CEO of Creative Treatments, a national distributor of drapery hardware products to interior designers nationwide. He served in the U.S. Army from 1988-1992 as a Communication System Operator. His community service has included the Local Management Board, Babe Ruth Baseball Coach, Character Counts Representative and Cemetery Warden–Shrewsbury Church. He currently is a cohost of a radio talk show on WCTR.

William Pickrum is another of our three County Commissioners. He is also running for another term as Commissioner in this fall’s election, and will discuss his campaign with CBG at their Thursday breakfast meeting on September 25.

 

Betty Carroll to Meet with CBG

On September 5, 2014, in Uncategorized, by An American

Betty Carroll will discuss her campaign for Judge of the Orphan’s Court with our Community Breakfast Group (CBG) at their Thursday breakfast meeting on September 11. 

The Maryland Orphans’ Court is the state’s probate court. It also has jurisdiction over guardianships of minors. In simpler terms, the main job of the Orphans’ Court is to supervise the handling of estates of people who have died – with or without a Will – while owning property in their sole name. 

Some estates proceed smoothly, and, other than seeing the Orphans’ Court judge’s signature on various estate documents, a personal representative and/or beneficiaries or heirs may have no direct contact with the Orphans’ Court judges. 

In other estates, however, disputes arise, and then Orphans’ Court judges hold formal hearings. Examples of reasons for formal hearings include when the Orphans’ Court has to determine: the validity of a particular Will or Codicil (which is an amendment to the original Will); proper beneficiaries or heirs and/or amounts to be distributed to them; who should be appointed personal representative; whether to remove a personal representative who has not properly carried out his or her duties; or what claims (and amounts) may be paid from the estate. Sometimes there are disputes concerning payments to be made to the personal representative or estate attorney. 

In formal hearings, the Orphans’ Court judges – like any other trial court judges – must consider the evidence submitted (including testimony) and apply the appropriate Maryland laws in order to resolve the dispute. Orphans’ Court judges frequently become skilled in dealing with the emotions of grieving families.

 

 
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