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.

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Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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Glad to see new planning commission appointees. Hope they listen better to public input.


Why would anyone believe anything that any of these three says. They vote against the County budget every year. Against appropriating money to pay the police and fire employees who risk their lives to protect us. They are anti-government in every respect and do not deserve to hold any public office.


Billy's tantrums and obstruction on the Council make him a perfect fit for a Republican seat in Annapolis. He's good for nothing and proud of it. He won't even vote that he's present.


The twins, Billy and Kirby always disagree with Jan. They never had a problem with Blaine, rubberstamping whatever he wanted.


Same can be said for the 4 rubber stamping everything Jan wants. Unfortunate that council members can't seem to think for themselves - along party lines. Wish this nonsense would stop. Would love for Frederick county to replace all council members as well as Jan next election cycle - with some fresh faces that don't play these games. Tired of this nonsense from both parties.


Funny, I see four individuals who ask questions and think for themselves....


Seems like Tony might be trying to distance himself from Shrelauter. Friends matter less when your seat is on the line.

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