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Vacancy opening on Liquor Board

October 13, 2000

Vacancy opening on Liquor Board



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The Washington County Democratic Central Committee is accepting letters of interest for anyone interested in replacing Donald L. Mellott on the Liquor Board, Committee Treasurer Harry Smith said Thursday.

Mellott's appointed position on the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, commonly called the Liquor Board, ends in July. The positions are for six-year terms.

Mellott said he is seeking a reappointment.

One of the reasons he wants to be reappointed is so he can continue working on ongoing Liquor Board projects, he said.

Despite that, the committee can pass along to the governor letters of interest from other parties, Smith said. The committee may choose to recommend who is appointed but the governor has the final say, he said.

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The nominations are sought now - more than six months before the term ends - because the governor usually asks the legislature to approve the appointment as part of the legislative session, said Rick Hemphill, chairman of the Democratic Central Committee.

As the party in power, the Democrats have two board members while one is Republican, he said.

Letters should be sent to The Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 1136, Hagerstown, MD 21741-1136 and must be received by October 31, 2000.

The board is important because it decides which businesses get liquor licenses, among other powers, Smith said.

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