Myers will seek second term as mayor

February 04, 1998


Staff Writer

Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers, who is running this spring for a second four-year term in office, said Tuesday she will campaign on her record and on her goals for the town's future.

Myers has come under fire from some residents for the controversial mayor and council decision last August to fire former police Chief Tommy Bowers.

She said she doesn't know if Bowers' dismissal will have an impact on balloting.

"I honestly don't really have a handle on that," she said. "I know I have a tremendous amount of supporters who are encouraging me to run again, and I stand on my four years of accomplishments and service to the town."


As far as her record is concerned, Myers said "I have been successful in obtaining close to $1 million in grants for a variety of much-needed improvements for the town."

If re-elected, she said she would continue to seek methods to update stormwater drainage problems, improve the water/sewer facilities, continue street/sidewalk improvements and park development.

Myers said she would continue to work with developers and homeowners as the town continues to grow.

Myers is trying to put the Bowers decision behind her. Some residents have said they will express their displeasure with that decision at the polls.

Sherry Owen, who led the recall petition drive, has said several people who want to see a change in leadership are considering challenging Myers or running for the two council seats also up for grabs.

Incumbent Councilman Joseph Slick said he is undecided whether to run again. Fellow Councilman Gene Pryor is not seeking re-election.

Smithsburg election officials could not be reached Tuesday, and it was not known if anyone had filed to challenge Myers.

The town's primary is in April. The general election is May 12.

In addition to voting for mayor and council members, town residents will vote on a referendum that would amend the town charter to allow voters to recall elected officials before their terms end.

Residents upset with Bowers' dismissal petitioned the town with the signatures required to get that question on the ballot.

Bowers, who has denied allegations by the mayor and council that he failed to do his job to town standards, last December filed an appeal to get his job back.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that under the current charter the mayor has a legal right to hire and fire the police chief without cause.

Bowers on Jan. 20 asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn that decision and reinstate him.

On Jan. 21, Vincent P. du Cellier Jr., former chief of police in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was sworn in as Smithsburg's new police chief.

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