Mayor presides over last council meeting


SMITHSBURG - Presiding at his last town council meeting, Mayor Tommy Bowers heard kind words Tuesday.

Police Chief Michael Potter joked that he and Officer Michael Neuland wanted to give Bowers a trip to Hawaii, but they didn't have enough money. Instead, Potter presented Bowers with a plaque and thanked him for supporting the police department.

Councilman Jake Johnson said Bowers served his four-year term "with grace, dignity and a lot of hard work and effort."

Bowers, who is not running for re-election, said that whatever was accomplished during his administration was a team effort.

"We're not here about the pay because all the pay does is mess up your taxes," he said.

Tuesday's meeting was also the last for Councilman Charlie Slick, who served 14 years on the council, but not all consecutive.

"This is not the end," he said. "I will be around. I will be involved in other activities."


Slick announced that for the fourth year in a row he was donating his $1,000 councilman's pay to a nonprofit cause. This year, his check will go to the fund to build a new library branch in town.

Also attending his final meeting as a councilman, Mike Rohrer said he was honored to serve the town. "I love this town," he said. "I've been here all my life."

Rohrer is running for mayor against Mildred "Mickey" Myers in Tuesday's election.

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