A councilman and retired banker with 30 years of management experience jumpstarted Westminster's next mayoral race by filing his intent to run yesterday.
Thomas K. Ferguson, 62, a first-time candidate for mayor of the county seat, is the first to file for the position. The filing deadline is in April. The election is May 9.
Appointed to the Common Council in June 2001 when then-Councilman Kevin E. Dayhoff won the city's mayoral race, Ferguson ran for a four-year council seat last year and reclaimed his spot on the five-member panel. Ferguson garnered the most votes - 379 - in that election.
"I've given a lot of thought to this over the last couple months," Ferguson said. "A number of people have approached me about it. I've got the time, energy and commitment and the experience I think the job requires at this point."
Ferguson recently retired after 40 years in banking, working most of that time with Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. Starting as a bank teller, he worked his way up to supervisory roles. In 1982, he was elected the bank's president and chief executive officer. He was responsible for 350 employees in that position until April 1997.
After the bank's merger with BB&T; in 1999, Ferguson became the executive vice president for community development. He retired in July.
As mayor, Ferguson said, he would make sure the city had an appropriately staffed and qualified Police Department and adequate fire and emergency services. He said he also would be vigilant about growth and the impact it has on those services and the city's water supply.
Married to his wife, Sandy, for 40 years, Ferguson has two adult sons. The couple has four grandchildren.