WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Harold Lee Boyer, a former Washington County commissioner who kept his hand and mind in government years after leaving office, died Thursday at age 74.
Boyer, a Democrat, was a county commissioner from 1970 to 1974.
Later, he chaired the county's board of zoning appeals. For many years, he also chaired Smithsburg's planning and zoning appeals board.
Democratic Hagerstown Councilman William M. Breichner remembered Boyer as a "true blue" Democrat who spoke his mind.
"It was very easy to get a rise out of Harold," he said.
One issue that stood out, Breichner said, was Boyer's strong opposition to a possible auto racetrack on open land.
"You knew where he stood," said R. Lee Downey, who became a county commissioner in 1974, when Boyer lost his bid for re-election.
Downey also recalled Boyer's stance against the racetrack and said it probably led to more of a focus on land preservation.