A list of applicants has been drawn up for the charter review commission, and more than 30 Frederick County residents applied.
The commission’s main task is recommending changes to the county charter for County Council members to consider, The Frederick News-Post previously reported.
Applicants, who must be registered voters in the county and been residents for the past six years, had until 4 p.m. Friday to submit an application.
Each of the seven council members will select someone, one from each council district and two countywide. Ragen Cherney, the council’s chief of staff, said that council members could pick someone who didn’t apply, and that there were many “last-minute” submissions Friday afternoon.
The residents who applied are:
- District 1
- : Caitlin Ainge, Dylan Diggs, Griffith Garwood, Paul Gilligan, George Laugelli, David Penna, Camden Raynor.
- District 2
- : Karl Bickel, Ysela Bravo, Tony Chmelik, Jake Davis, Lisa Jarosinski, Justin Kiska, Walter Olson, Darrin Smith.
- District 3
- : Laura Britt, Jim Racheff, Robert Van Rens, Steven Slater, George Wenschhof.
- District 4
- : John Daniels, Alexander Hutt, Chris Izzo, Gayon Sampson, Karen Siegrist, Ryan Trout.
- District 5
- : Daniel Cowell, Kirby Delauter, Scot Hopkins, Wendell Miley, April Miller, Randy Waesche.
Kirby Delauter, who served as both a county commissioner and county councilman, said Friday his experience would serve him well on the commission.
He said he thinks there needs to be more power for council members to shift money around during the budget process. Currently, the charter states that council members can only subtract from line items, outside of education.
“I think the council should be able to amend the budget, not just take away, but shift laterally on the budget,” Delauter said.
Karl Bickel, who lost in the county sheriff’s race to Chuck Jenkins last November, said he has talked to people who drafted the original charter.
He said his motivation for joining the commission was to recommend that the council should have more oversight of the county executive.
Walter Olson, who sat on Gov. Larry Hogan’s emergency commission to redraw the borders of the 6th Congressional District, said his skill set and different background in government roles would help him on the Charter Review Commission.
Council members is expected to approve members at their May 26 meeting, and the committee would be seated by June 3, a requirement of the charter. They then have about 10 months to make their recommendations to the County Council. Any proposed changes would be finalized by local and state officials, and put on the general election ballot for November 2020.