In accordance with Section 407 of the Wicomico County Charter, the Wicomico County Council appointed Dr. Rene Desmarais as the new County Executive on Aug. 20. Dr. Desmarais, however, declined the appointment on Aug. 24, thereby leaving a vacancy in the office of the County Executive. 

The County Charter states that when a vacancy in the Office of County Executive occurs after the first 12 months of a term, the vacancy shall be permanently filled by resolution with a majority vote of the members of the County Council, within 45 days after the vacancy occurs. To be appointed, someone must belong to the same political party on Nov, 6, 2018 as former County Executive Culver (Republican) and possess the same qualifications for office as provided in Charter Section 405, which are as follows: 

• Be a resident and qualified voter of the county for at least five years immediately preceding the appointment. 

• Must be 25 years of age at the time of appointment 

• May not hold any other office of profit in federal, state, county or municipal government during the term in office 

• The County Executive is not eligible for appointment to any compensated county office or position, except as a County Council member, for one year after the termination of the term in office. 

The Wicomico County Council is seeking registered Republicans with the above qualifications who are interested in being appointed as County Executive for the remainder of the current term. The new County Executive shall receive compensation of $85,000 annually. 

Candidates are requested to submit a resume with a biography, and a completed job application to the Wicomico County Council Administrator at P.O. Box 870, Salisbury, MD 21803. All applications must be postmarked by Sept. 14, 2020.

Please contact the Council Administrator Laura Hurley at 410-548-4696, or lh*****@wi************.org for additional information about applying or an application.