Ewing to resign supervisor post after nine years

Posted: January 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Member Bill Ewing announced his planned resignation at the end of Wednesday evening’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Ewing, who has represented the Opequon Magisterial District — which includes Stephens City and areas in the southern part of Frederick County and east of Interstate 81 — since Jan. 1, 2004, announced that he and his wife plan to move to the Village at Orchard Ridge retirement community sometime in early February.

The community, located off Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50), is not in the Opequon District — necessitating Ewing’s eventual resignation. He said he and his wife have been planning the move for nine or 10 months.

“It has certainly been a pleasure to be on the board,” Ewing said after the meeting. “It’s been an honor that the citizens of the Opequon District honored me with the position by voting for me. I hope that I’ve ... been a part of accomplishments, improvements to the county and I look forward to assisting the county in any way possible in the future.”

Following the effective date of Ewing’s resignation — which he has not decided on — the board will have 15 days to petition the Frederick County Circuit Court to hold a special election to fill the remainder of his term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2015.

The board will have 45 days to appoint an interim supervisor for the Opequon District, and that person will likely be on the special election’s ballot.

Even though he’s resigning, Ewing could soon find himself back on the board. Orchard Ridge is in the Gainesboro Magisterial District, which currently does not have a supervisor.

Ross Spicer served as the Gainesboro supervisor until the end of last year, when he resigned to take the interim commonwealth’s attorney position. State law does not permit an individual to hold both positions simultaneously.

Ewing said he might consider applying to fill the interim Gainesboro position — which will also have a special election to fill the remainder of the term — but that he hasn’t made definite plans.

“Honestly, if [the board] offers [the interim Gainesboro position] to me I wouldn’t turn it down, I would take it,” Ewing said. “There’s still a couple things I’d like to see completed that I haven’t gotten completed.”

Also during the meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved resolutions authorizing the county’s attorney to petition the Frederick County Circuit Court to hold special elections — concurrent with the Nov. 5 general election — to fill the Gainesboro District seat and the commonwealth’s attorney’s position vacated by Glenn Williamson, who retired effective Jan. 2.

Board of Supervisors members serve four-year terms and are paid $9,900 annually.

Attending the meeting in the Frederick County Administration Building were Chair Richard Shickle and members Bill Ewing, Charles DeHaven Jr., Gary Lofton, Gene Fisher and Christopher Collins.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com