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Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon appointed to New Windsor Town Council after resignation of Terry Green

New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop swears in new Town Council member, Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon at a Feb. 16 town work session.
New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop swears in new Town Council member, Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon at a Feb. 16 town work session. (Courtesy photo)

Sharon Gribbin-Lindemon said she hopes to bring her artistic vision to New Windsor as the town’s newest council member.

Gribbin-Lindemon, a teacher and a 28-year resident, was named to the New Windsor Town Council during a Feb. 16 work session. She replaced Terry Green, who resigned Feb. 3.

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“There are so many cool things about New Windsor,” Gribbin-Lindemon said. “It’s just got that little town feel and everybody kind of knows each other. It’s a great place to raise a child and I could go on and on.

“I really love the houses here and that’s really what brought us here in the first place was the architecture.”

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Green was elected to the New Windsor Town Council in 2019. A message seeking comment was left for him Wednesday morning.

Green was not present at the Town Council’s January or February meetings, held via Zoom. He was arrested Jan. 3 in New Windsor and charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault, according to electronic court records. The first-degree assault charge was later dropped. He was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on his own recognizance Jan. 27 and is awaiting a trial date.

Green was convicted in 2001 of second-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 1999 death of John Straley in Wicomico County.

New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop said in his 12 years as mayor he had seen only one other council member resign (and another pass away) prior to Green’s resignation.

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The vacant seat was advertised on the New Windsor Facebook page and website, Roop said. Gribbin-LIndemon and William Holl were the only candidates to submit paperwork seeking appointment, Roop said. The Maryland Municipal League assisted in the process by furnishing numerous potential questions for the candidates and the Town Council pared the list to six.

“I didn’t really have any say, I didn’t vote on any of the questions,” Roop said. “I let the council decide what questions [to ask] and I just read them out to the candidates.”

The candidates were interviewed by the members of the Town Council on Feb. 16 prior to the vote, when Gribbin-Lindemon won the appointment. Roop said three council members voted for Gribbin-Lindemon. One council member, Edward Smith, abstained.

Gribbin-Lindemon’s seat will be up for re-election in May 2023. The Wednesday, March 3 meeting of the Town Council marked her first as a council member.

Gribbin-Lindemon, a Silver Spring native who has lived in New Windsor for nearly three decades, received a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Salisbury University and a master’s of arts in teaching degree at Maryland Institute College of Art, according to the town website. She has been teaching art in the Maryland public school system for the past 30 years and has also used her artistic talents in the county to facilitate the arts portion of several vacation Bible school programs.

She will be involved with a committee that deals with community enhancement.

“Whether it’s with a new or current council member, I want them to dedicate part of their time and lives to make New Windsor a better place in which to live,” Roop said.

Since Feb. 16, Gribbin-Lindemon said she has been getting her feet wet and brainstorming ideas of what the town can do with a vacant building space on the corner of Main Street and High Street. She teaches at Damascus Elementary School and said she will be able to devote even more time to giving back to New Windsor once the school year is over.

“Union Bridge redid all their sidewalks, gutters, and lighting in the town,” Gribbin-Lindemon said. “New Windsor has been talking about that ever since we moved in and I don’t know how much of an impact I’ll have on that but it’s certainly something else I’d like to look into the best I can.”

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