Arundel Digest

Chissell sworn in as 17th mayor of Highland Beach

Crystal R. Chissell has assumed the top elected position in Highland Beach, one of Maryland's smallest incorporated towns.


Chissell, who was sworn in as mayor Thursday, succeeds two-term incumbent Raymond Langston. She ran unopposed and won a four-year term July 26.

Langston "did not want to run for re-election, and it seemed a logical step for me," she said. "I had already been doing so much work for the town."


Chissell, 41, works as an assistant attorney general providing counsel to the Maryland Environmental Service. She served as town attorney from 1992 to 2001 and town manager from 1994 to last year. She is Highland Beach's 17th mayor since its incorporation in 1922.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the community, about a mile south of Annapolis, has 109 residents.

"We may have a few more," its new mayor said. "We have a lot more when you consider the part-timers."

One of her goals is to address environmental issues created by new development in the town, which is bordered on three sides by water - Oyster and Blackwalnut creeks and the Chesapeake Bay.

Chissell's family used to be part-time summer residents. She moved there about eight years ago.

She expects construction will begin in the fall on a new town hall.

"It's sort of like a little shack," she said of the current structure. "It has two rooms."

Rempt spends first day meeting with academy staff


Less than a week after the Senate confirmed him, Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt began work yesterday as the Naval Academy's 59th superintendent.

Rempt spent his first day meeting with key staff and becoming familiar with academy issues, according to a Naval Academy spokesman.

He relieved Vice Adm. Charles W. Moore Jr., who had been serving as acting superintendent since early June, when Vice Adm. Richard J. Naughton resigned amid criticism of his leadership style.

The Senate unanimously approved Rempt's nomination Thursday night, clearing the way for the former president of the Naval War College to oversee the 4,000-student Naval Academy.

"I look forward to meeting and working with the men and women who continue making this institution great," Rempt said in a statement. "It is indeed a privilege to join this team of winners who make such a difference for our Navy and Marine Corps, and our great nation."

Naval Academy classes resume Aug. 20.


Riviera Beach man found dead in Rock Creek

A 55-year-old man was found dead in Rock Creek in Pasadena yesterday afternoon, according to a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman.

Charles Nelson Briley Jr., who lived on a 42-foot boat registered in Riviera Beach with his wife, was last seen talking to neighbors near a pier at Bar Harbor Marina, said Heather Lynch, a DNR spokeswoman.

Natural Resources Police were called to an area of Rock Creek Park near Bar Harbor Road about 1:45 p.m. yesterday after someone on shore reported seeing the body, she said.

Police said they do not suspect foul play, but the state medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.