Editor’s note: According to New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop, Michael Scott Barclay informed the town on May 8 that he was dropping out of the race. Barclay said in an interview that a family medical situation had arisen. “I know I wouldn’t be able to devote the time to it that I would need to, so I thought it best that I go ahead and withdraw,” he said.
Ahead of this spring’s municipal elections, the Carroll County Times has asked candidates to provide information on themselves and their priorities. Their responses are listed here in full.
Michael Scott Barclay is running for one of three open seats on the New Windsor Town Council against Terry Green, Thomas Frank Gubernatis Jr., William Holl, Michael Zepp, and incumbents David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz. Here is the information Barclay provided.
Michael S. Barclay/51 yrs old/Married for nearly 20 years/Three Daughters ages 18, 20 and 25.
Atlee Ridge Resident, New Windsor – Resident for 21 years as of May 28 this year.
Current Occupation: Maryland State Police/Md Gun Center-Administrator I - 12/2018 to Present
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services/Investigator 2013-2018
Northrop Grumman – Security Operations/Top Secret Clearance 2007-2013
Retired Police Sergeant-Anne Arundel County Police Department 1992-2007 (Retired due to severe LOD injuries sustained in a head-on collision.
Law Career began in 1986 with the Baltimore City Police Department. 1986-1992
No Past Political Experience
1. I am interested in running for Town Council in order to educated myself with regard to town matters, specifically, the PAYT Program and the Town’s huge debt and anticipated increase in the current extremely high water rates. I would like to explore if there are any new or untapped avenues with regard to paying down the loans associated with the Water Treatment Facility.
2. I plan to represent the Town of New Windsor in an open and transparent fashion. I intend to educate myself regarding town matters through dialogue with other Council members, the Mayor and most importantly, the citizens of New Windsor.
3. I possess outstanding communication skills that have been developed throughout my many years of serving the citizens of Maryland. Open, honest and meaningful conversation is needed to accomplish goals. We need to work together in order to solve issues regardless of political party affiliation, age, sex, personal beliefs or economic status.
4. Education: Certificate in Criminal Justice/Approx. 100 Credits in the Criminal Justice Field (Not sure of the exact number and am not currently attending classes)
5. I would also like to explore what is needed to attract new business to the Town.
6. I would like to work with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office to address issues with regard to traffic enforcement and increased visibility of the Deputy assigned to the Town.
7. Current member of FOP Lodge#70 and the Shock Trauma Survivor’s Network.
8. Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and gardening.
I am running because I want to be involved in continuing to make New Windsor a great place to live. I really do not wish to be one that complains about matters involving the town, yet sits on the sidelines and does nothing. I wish to educated myself through this position to see exactly how things were work on a local level and explore ways to possibly improve our Town.
Most important to me right now is getting rid of the Pay As You Throw program as I believe this, at this point, is an additional financial burden on the citizens of New Windsor. I do not see the benefit and I believe that the results being presented by the current Mayor are not accurate with regard to participation and the benefit to the Town or environment. Secondly, and perhaps more pressing is the the huge cost of our water treatment plant and the projected increase in cost to the citizens over the next several years. I do not have an answer to this problem. I believe we need to aggressively seek grant funding and seek loan forgiveness from the State of Maryland and whatever avenues that may be available. This is a learning experience for me and hope, if elected, I I look forward to working on these issue as well as other concerns brought by the citizens of New Windsor.