Board to soon have an opening

Posted: November 21, 2012

The Winchester Star

Ross Spicer
John R. Riley Jr.

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Board of Supervisors will look to fill the Gainesboro Magisterial District seat early next year after the departure of Ross Spicer.

With Monday’s announced resignation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Glenn Williamson, effective Jan. 2, the 47-year-old Spicer — his current deputy — will take over his duties on an interim basis.

By law, Spicer must give up his supervisor role when he becomes interim commonwealth’s attorney, and he plans to resign from the board effective Dec. 31.

John R. Riley Jr., the Frederick County administrator since 1983, said there have been several instances during his tenure where the Board of Supervisors has had to appoint someone on an interim basis due to a member dying or leaving their post.

Spicer began his service on the Board of Supervisors on an interim basis when he was appointed to fill the remainder of Gary Dove’s term in August 2011. Spicer ran unopposed for the board in November 2011, and his term, which will be filled through special election, runs until Dec. 31, 2015.

Following the effective date of Spicer’s resignation, the Board of Supervisors will have 15 days to petition the Frederick County Circuit Court to hold a special election to fill the remainder of his term. Riley said the board likely will vote to petition the court at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The board will have 45 days from the effective date of Spicer’s resignation to appoint an interim supervisor for the Gainesboro Magisterial District, and that person will be will be on the special election’s ballot.

While Spicer is a Republican, the board does not have to appoint a Republican to the interim board position.

Riley said the Circuit Court could decide to hold the special election in November, but added that he couldn’t say for sure if that will happen.

Supervisors receive annual compensation of $9,900, according to Riley.

Spicer will be the interim commonwealth’s attorney until a special election is held, and he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the position. If elected, he will serve out the remainder of Williamson’s term, which runs through 2015.

According to information provided by Frederick County in March 2011, the commonwealth’s attorney earns an annual salary of $165,600.


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