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Retired Public Works Director Named County Engineer of the Year

Snow Hill, Maryland (October 21, 2021) – Retired Worcester County Public Works Director John Tustin earned a state nod in October when he was named the 2021 County Engineer of the Year by the County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM).

Tustin, who dedicated his 36-year career with Worcester County Government (WCG) to expanding and improving public services and championing modernization of the progressive maintenance programs for county-owned buildings and grounds, received this award for his lasting contributions to Worcester County, the State of Maryland, and the CEAM.

Commissioners Name Gary Pusey New Deputy Director of Development Review and Permitting

Snow Hill, Maryland (October 8, 2021) – the Worcester County Commissioners appointed Gary Pusey as the new deputy director within Development Review and Permitting (DRP). Pusey stepped into his new role on October 8, 2021.

“Gary is a dedicated leader with a wide range of planning experience to bring to Worcester County,” DRP Director Jennifer Keener said. “He will be a valuable asset to our team, and I look forward to working with him.”

Worcester County Hosting Listening Sessions for Comprehensive Critical Area Code Update

Snow Hill, Maryland (October 8, 2021) – As part of the Comprehensive Critical Area Code updating process, Worcester County Environmental Programs staff will host two public listening sessions on October 20 and 27, 2021. 

This draft legislation, which was introduced by the commissioners on September 21, represents a comprehensive rewrite of the existing law.

White Cane Awareness Week

White Cane Awareness Week photo - The commissioners joined with Patty Behr, president of the Eastern Shore Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, to proclaim October 15, 2021 as White Caine Awareness Day in Worcester County to encourage area residents and employers to value the white cane as a tool of independence for the blind in both public spaces and businesses.


Shore Craft Beer Month

Shore Craft Beer Month photo – Snow Hill, Maryland (October 5, 2021) – The commissioners issue a proclamation recognizing October as Shore Craft Beer Month in Worcester County and encourage residents and visitors to take part in the many local craft beer centered events this month, including the 7th annual Autumn Shore Craft Beer Fest in Ocean City’s scenic Sunset Park on October 23.

Worcester County History Week

Snow Hill, Maryland (October 5, 2021) – The commissioners issue a proclamation recognizing October 10-16, 2021 as Worcester County History Week. Those pictured include Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis, Delmarva Discovery Museum Acting Director Christy Gordon, Beach to Bay Heritage Area Executive Director Lisa Challenger, Worcester County History Week organizer Nancy Howard, Newt Weaver and Christine Okerblom of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum; Heather Nottingham of Calvin B.

Worcester County Government Operating Hours for Monday, October 11

Worcester County Government (WCG) offices, including the five branch libraries and Recreation and Parks, will be closed Monday, October 11, 2021, for the Columbus Day holiday.

The Central Landfill and Homeowner Convenience Centers will be open Monday during standard hours of operation.

WCG offices will resume standard operating hours on Tuesday, October 12. Worcester County staff wish one and all a happy and safe holiday weekend.


Commissioners Appoint Nathaniel Passwaters to Fill Board of Education Vacancy

Snow Hill, Maryland (October 5, 2021) – the Worcester County Commissioners appointed Nathaniel “Nate” Passwaters to the Board of Education (BOE) to fill the remainder of a four-year term through November 2022. This vacancy was created by the sudden passing of former BOE President Eric W. Cropper, Sr.

“This has been a difficult process because I lost a dear friend, Eric Cropper,” Commissioner Jim Bunting said. “While several excellent candidates expressed interest in filling the vacancy, we agree that Nate is the right fit for this position.”

Comprehensive Critical Area Code Update

The Department of Environmental Programs is inviting community members and developers to review the newly introduced Bill No. 21-8 of the Worcester County Code that governs Worcester County’s Critical Area Law.  The public hearing on the legislation will be held at a future legislative meeting on December 7, 2021.  This introduced legislation represents a comprehensive rewrite of the existing law which was undertaken under the approval of the Worcester County Commissioners.