Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman

Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman abruptly resigned this week. “It’s just about time, that’s all,” Dorman said. 

UPDATED Oct. 15, 2018: Former Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman this morning released a statement regarding his resignation, first announced last Tuesday.

The statement follows:

“In July the town manager and one of the councilwomen disagreed with me on some of my tactics to draw new business to Snow Hill. Since then, I’ve become a figurehead only as the mayor, with no authority anymore. I then decided that I would resign [effective] Oct. 31, 2018. I have aggressively sought to sell my residence and I am fortunate to have a buyer. I will be moving in November.

“I sincerely hope that the new mayor will continue to encourage new businesses and make Snow Hill a destination on the Pocomoke River.”

The original story follows: 

(Oct. 12, 2018) Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman said no one knew he was planning to resign, but that’s what he did at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday.

“All their mouths flew open,” Dorman said on Wednesday.

“It’s just about time, that’s all,” he continued. “I made a statement and I said to them last night it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as mayor for six years and four months. And you know when it’s time to leave – and it’s time to leave.”

According to a press release on the town’s website, Dorman’s resignation is effective Oct. 31.

“Per the Town Charter, Section 19 ‘Vacancies in the Office of Mayor,’ ‘If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor because of death, removal, resignation, failure to qualify or otherwise, the Council shall without delay, but within not more than 45 days, elect a suitable qualified person to serve until the next regular election. At the next regular election, the qualified voters shall elect a person to fill any unexpired term,’” the release said, adding, “The Town Council will be meeting to discuss an interim replacement for his position.”

Snow Hill will add the mayor’s seat to the next scheduled election, May 7, 2019. The winning candidate will serve for one year until the next scheduled mayor’s election in 2020.

The 2019 election will also include the council seats for Western and Central districts currently occupied by LaToya Purnell and Jenny Hall, respectively. Alison Cook, who represents the Eastern District, was reelected without opposition earlier this year.

It appears likely one of the councilwomen will be appointed during the interim.

“I have no problem with who they appoint,” Dorman said. “I think there’s a couple good people that are very, very good for the town … that are sitting on the council.”

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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