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Commissioner Jim Wade plans to sell liquor store

November 07, 1997

Commissioner Jim Wade plans to sell liquor store

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade plans to sell his Sharpsburg Pike liquor store, Interstate Liquors, saying he wants more of a challenge.

"I'm going to go look for a job," Wade said Thursday.

Wade has applied to the Washington County Liquor License Board for permission to transfer his liquor license to Chae Family Enterprises Inc.

Chae Family Enterprises is owned by Michael Chae and Catharina Chae of Frederick County, Md.

Wade, who has owned the store for eight years, said he was approached by the Chaes and they agreed on a price.

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If he sells, Wade said he will not leave the area.

"I love Washington County. I'm absolutely not moving," he said.

Wade has a master's degree in business and once commanded an intercontinental ballistic missile crew as an Air Force second lieutenant. He said he would be interested in a job that would use his business skills.

Wade said he was concerned that his outspokenness as a commissioner could hurt his employment prospects in Hagerstown.

He has taken controversial stands in his lone term in office, including calling for parents to pay for textbooks and bus transportation to schools, supporting hikes in property taxes and water and sewer rates, favoring impact fees and trying to eliminate union representation in county government.

Union members launched and then abandoned a boycott of Wade's liquor store earlier this year.

He said he won't stop saying what's on his mind when he makes the transition from employer to employee.

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