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For Smithsburg mayor, it's not about status

Myers likes challenge of serving

Myers likes challenge of serving

February 06, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - Mildred "Mickey" Myers might have been raised in nearby Chewsville, but she calls Smithsburg home.

And, as mayor, she takes being a town resident seriously.

Her first term as mayor ran from 1994 to 1998. After a four-year gap, she won a second term, which ran from 2002 to 2006. She is in the midst of her third term.

Myers said she was introduced to town service by Paul Boswell, now deceased, who was a longtime Smithsburg mayor. Her first "job" was on the town's board of elections.

"Then, I ran for town council and won. I was surprised," Myers said of her 1986-90 term. At that same time, she also was the clerk/treasurer.

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Myers made her first run for mayor in 1990 and was defeated.

But, she said, "I didn't get discouraged."

The second time around, she was successful.

In those early days, there was no Smithsburg Town Hall and no staff. All meetings were conducted in homes, as was town work.

First to be hired was Betsy Martin, who was the first paid town employee in the building on Water Street, where town offices now are located.

Myers' husband, Homer, is a member of the zoning appeals board.

"Homer actually got involved in the town before I did, serving on several boards," she said.

When her husband was working as a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy, he was asked if he would work part time as a Smithsburg police officer, which he did for a while.

Before she got involved in town business, Myers was a housewife and mother of four children. After taking a number of college courses, she went to work in the late 1960s with Washington County Public Schools in the Title I program.

"I had several different jobs and retired after 30 years," Myers said.

After that, Myers was ready to plunge into her new career.

"We're a small town, but a lot of decisions have to be made involving a lot of money," Myers said. "It is a town, but it is also a corporation."

Now on the payroll are three maintenance workers, two office employees and three police officers, with a fourth soon to be hired.

"Truly, I enjoy it," Myers said. "I like the challenges and seeing things happen for the town."

She said no one does community service for the money.

"I'd do it if I didn't get a cent, nor do I do it for glory or status," she said.

Myers said she likes to work on something until it gets done. She mentioned the town's parks and library as examples.

For information about the town and its activities, call 301-824-7234 or go to www.wc-link.org/smithsburg.

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