Worcester County Commissioners elect new president and vice president

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Commissioners re-elected Commissioner Madison J. Bunting, Jr. as Commission President and elected Commissioner Diana Purnell as Vice President. Commissioner Bunting was elected County Commissioner in 2010 to represent District Six, the Northern District. He has served as president since 2014. He is a licensed professional land surveyor and owned his own surveying and land planning business for 18 years. 

Commissioner Bunting serves on the Commission for Aging and the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee. Prior to becoming a County Commissioner, he served on the Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals for six years, leading the board as Chair for four years. He served on the Worcester County Planning Commission for four years, leading the board as Chair for three years. He also served on the Ocean Pines Comprehensive Planning Committee and is a current member of the Bishopville-St. Martins Neck Association. Commissioner Bunting and his wife, Elisabeth, live in Bishopville. They have two grown children and one granddaughter. 
Commissioner Purnell was elected as a County Commissioner in 2014 to represent District Two, the Central District. She is an inventor who holds two patents, and she has owned and operated a successful business for the past 37 years. She is the former executive director of the Berlin Community Improvement Association and past president of the Worcester County Commission for Women. She is an active member of the Recognition Advisory Committee for the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, Atlantic General Hospital Foundation Board, Worcester County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and St. John’s United Methodist Church. Purnell and her husband, Gabe, reside in Berlin. They have two daughters, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
The Board of Worcester County Commissioners is the seven-member legislative and executive branch of county government. Each Commissioner is elected to serve a four-year term, and one representative is elected from each of the seven election districts. The current board was elected to serve the 2014-2018 term. The County Commissioners meet the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill. 
For more information about the County Commissioners, please contact Kim Moses, public information officer, at (410) 632-1194.