McKinley files for commissioner slot

April 22, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Former Washington County Public Schools administrator Bill McKinley has filed to run for Washington County Commissioner in the 2010 elections.

"I've always been interested in the position of county commissioner," said McKinley, 65, who lives near Williamsport and is retired after a nearly 40-year career in education in Washington County.

McKinley was executive director of support services for the county school system from 1998 through 2002 and director of secondary schools from 1994 to 1998. Before that, he was principal of Williamsport High School and E. Russell Hicks Middle School, assistant principal at North Hagerstown High School, and taught physical education and special education at South Hagerstown High School for about 13 years.

McKinley said he thought his background in education and familiarity with the school system would be an asset as a commissioner.


"In my longtime position with the school system, I learned a lot about the school system and the county commissioners and the balance that needs to exist between the two," he said. "Our children, I think, are our greatest asset, and all of us want an outstanding educational system."

McKinley said he has lived in Washington County most of his life and felt he was representative of many of the county's citizens.

"I keep up to speed on most of the issues of the day, have a strong feeling for our county, and would like to serve," he said.

In addition to ongoing priorities such as education and bringing good jobs to the county, McKinley said one current issue that caught his attention was the debate over a possible northeast bypass that would connect Interstates 70 and 81. He said he needed to study the issue more before taking a position on it, but thought that with the new hospital opening near Robinwood Drive, "there does seem to be a need for some new avenues of transportation."

This election will be McKinley's first run for public office, but his community involvement over the years included serving on the Washington County Gaming Commission, the United Way of Washington County executive board and the Lions Club.

He has coached baseball, soccer and football at South Hagerstown High School, worked with the Mercersburg (Pa.) Little League, volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and taught Sunday school at Williamsport United Methodist Church.

McKinley attends St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport. He is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren.

The deadline for candidates to file is in July.

A primary, if needed, would be in September. The general election is in November.

All five county commissioner seats are up for grabs this year.

The commissioners are paid $30,000 a year and the commissioners president is paid $33,000 a year.

Just the facts

Name: Bill McKinley

Date of birth: Aug. 1, 1944

Address: 16701 Mt. Williams Circle, Williamsport

Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, 1967; master's degree in administration and supervision from Western Maryland College, 1983

Occupation: Retired from a career in education, including eight years as a Washington County Public Schools administrator

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: First run for office

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