Special election sought to fill supervisor’s seat

Posted: May 23, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Board of Supervisors will petition the county’s Circuit Court to hold a special election to fill an upcoming vacancy.

Supervisor Bill Ewing, 75, has represented the Opequon Magisterial District since Jan. 1, 2004. However, he and his wife are moving to The Village at Orchard Ridge retirement community next week.

Orchard Ridge, located off Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50), is in the Gainesboro Magisterial District, which is why Ewing can no longer represent Opequon. His resignation will be effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The board will have 45 days from the effective date of Ewing’s resignation to appoint an interim supervisor. That person will have the opportunity to run in a special election to fill Ewing’s term, which runs through 2015.

Ewing, the board’s vice-chairman, is paid $10,200 annually. However, the interim appointment would receive a $9,000 salary and the board will have to elect a new vice-chairman.

The board voted 7-0 to petition the Frederick County Circuit Court to hold the special election concurrent with the Nov. 5 general election.

Once the board finds an interim, that person will be second member appointed to a supervisor position since the year began.

Robert Hess was appointed to fill the vacant Gainesboro seat on an interim basis following the resignation of Ross Spicer, the former supervisor for that district. Spicer resigned at the end of 2012 so he could assume the county’s commonwealth’s attorney position.

Hess announced Monday that he plans to seek the Republican nomination to serve the remainder of Spicer’s term, which runs through 2015.

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

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com