Carter would use experience to give back to city

February 10, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

HAGERSTOWN - Walter E. "Nick" Carter worked as a Hagerstown police officer for almost 20 years, and he'd like to work for the city for at least four more years.

Carter, a Democrat, is a candidate running for the Hagerstown City Council.

"I feel that I could give the citizens of Hagerstown something," Carter said. "I think I can do a good job for the citizens. ... I think I would be fair and (I would) listen to the constituents."

Carter, 66, of 1009 Salem Ave., met his future wife, Carolyn, in the eighth grade. The two have a son, Brian Carter, and a daughter, Lisa Miller.


He graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1957. He said he gained the nickname "Nick" after radio show character Nick Carter, Master Detective. The name stuck in 1961, when he joined the city police force.

That year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served two years as a military police officer at Fort Monmouth, N.J., during which time he personally guarded mob witness Joseph Valachi. After his Army hitch, Carter returned to Hagers- town where he served as a patrol officer until 1977.

Carter walked the Jonathan Street corridor for most of his days on the force, and once was stabbed in the back during riots that rocked the city in 1967-68. His last four years he spent investigating child abuse cases.

Carter retired in 1977 after a knee injury. In 1981, he ran in an unsuccessful campaign for the Washington County Commissioners, and then began working in auto sales, which he continues to do.

Carter served in the 1970s on the city planning commission and the parks board.

Now, he says he wants to give back to the city by being on the City Council.

Carter said his top priority is to make sure the city's sewer system continues to improve. The City of Hagerstown was slapped with an $85,750 fine this year as well as other sanctions resulting from failures over the past five years.

Carter said he has confidence in the management at the Water and Sewer Department, but the previous failures should be avoided. He said the city should better inform the public about what is happening with the upgrading process.

Carter, who remains active with police organizations, said rising health-care costs are a problem, especially for retirees. He said he will look for ways to keep costs to employees down.

The other official candidates are: Kristin B. Aleshire, Ruth Anne Callaham, the Rev. Haru Carter Jr., Kelly S. Cromer, N. Linn Hendershot, Scott D. Hesse, Ira P. Kauffman, Dan G. Kennedy, Lewis C. Metzner, Penny M. Nigh, Alesia Parson-McBean, Henry R. Renner Jr., Donald L. Souders Jr. and Torrence "Tory" VanReenen.

The primary election is March 8. Council members are paid $8,000 a year and they are eligible for city health benefits.

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