A number of new faces were added to important county boards and commissions Tuesday night.
The Frederick County Council voted on nominees to the Frederick County Planning Commission, Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals and Frederick County Ethics Commission.
Sharon Suarez, a current member of the Planning Commission, was reappointed after being nominated by County Executive Jan Gardner (D). Suarez was originally appointed to fill a vacant seat on July 1, 2015.
The council’s vote on Suarez’s nomination was 6-1, with Councilman Billy Shreve opposed.
Gardner also nominated Craig Hicks to the commission. Hicks has a “strong interest in planning and the economic growth and livability of our county,” Gardner wrote in a memo to the council. She cited Hicks’ experience with strategic planning in information technology and public affairs, most recently with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Hicks also served on a county ethics task force created by Gardner.
He replaces former Commissioner Bill Hall, whose term expired last month.
Hicks was confirmed by a vote of 5-2, with Shreve and Councilman Kirby Delauter opposed.
The terms for both Suarez and Hicks began July 1. The Frederick County Planning Commission is slated to meet Wednesday morning.
Stephen Hess, Ernest Heller and Deidre Davidson were confirmed to posts on the Frederick County Ethics Commission by a vote of 5-2, with Shreve and Delauter opposed.
The nominees were chosen by Gardner from a list of four candidates put forward by the Frederick County Ethics Nominating Committee. Hess, an incumbent member of the commission, was reappointed to a three-year term starting July 1.
Heller, a current alternate on the commission, will become a regular member of the panel with the same term.
Davidson, a new member of the commission, will fill the unexpired alternate term, which expires on June 30, 2019.
Two members of the Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals were confirmed for reappointment: John P. Greenwell and Donald L. Miller. Both will serve three-year terms began July 1. The men were confirmed by a vote of 6-0, with Shreve abstaining.