Carroll seats its 61st Board of County Commissioners

Carroll County Times

Carroll’s 61st Board of County Commissioners was seated in front of a crowd of about 70 in the Carroll County government building’s Reagan Room, leaving only standing room on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The board is made of commissioners representing each of Carroll’s five districts: Stephen Wantz, R-District 1; Richard Weaver, R-District 2; Dennis Frazier, R-District 3; Eric Bouchat, R-District 4; and Ed Rothstein, R-District 5.

Wantz, Weaver and Frazier are returning for second terms and Bouchat at Rothstein are joining the board for their first terms — but all of them extended their gratitude to county staff, the county’s first responders and emergency services, and their wives and families.

“We are very honored to see this kind of a crowd out for what I and my colleagues believe to be one of the most important days in Carroll County, and that is the swearing in ceremony of five tremendous individuals,” said Wantz, who spoke first.

“I can tell you that I have had the honor to be in this job for four years now,” he said. “I think I’ve aged a good bit, and some will tell you that I’ve lost a bit of hair, but for me it is one of the most humbling experiences to be able to do this job, and to do it for what is — not arguably — the best county in the state of Maryland.”

Weaver said he added up the days he and his returning colleagues have spent on the BOCC, and that the total is 1,461 — and that the new board will have 1,462 days.

The last board, he said, was able to accomplish a lot, and he thinks the new board will be able to achieve even more.

“That’s what we have to accomplish things with this board in the near future,” he said. “I think the brotherhood is changing a little bit, and I’m really looking forward to the respected and hard-working two [new commissioners] that we have going forward.

“This board is going to be different than any board we’ve had before,” Weaver said.

For Frazier, the greatest thanks was to his constituents who stood by him during what he found to be a tough election, he said.

“Actually the hardest part of this job is going through the election,” he said. “So many things can be said — it makes no difference true or not true. It doesn’t make a difference. It’s out there, sometimes a printed letter to the editor, goes to Facebook. It’s tough. I kind of let it go, but it’s tougher on the family than it is on me as an individual.

“Thank you to the voters of District 3, who were not fooled by the outright lies,” he said. “They weren’t fooled when people spoke out against me, door to door. For that I’m very appreciative and thank them very much.”

Bouchat thanked his fellow politicians who he said mentored and supported him from the moment he moved to Carroll County until now.

“I’d like to give special recognition to three individuals in this room that have known me longer than anyone,” Bouchat said, “former Del. Don Murphy, Del. Sue Krebs, Del. Warren Miller. They’ve known me a long time and watched me run for public office six times — three times for county commissioner, so obviously the third time is the charm.”

And Rothstein wanted to take time to honor the late George H.W. Bush while thanking his constituents for giving him the chance to serve District 5.

“The 41st president, George H.W. Bush, he was pretty special because he was a true leader,” he said, “joining his 18th birthday into the Navy and serving ever since then until he recently passed.

“Even though we are celebrating today,” he said, “I want to start with something he shared during his presidency: ‘There is nothing more fulfilling than to serve your country and fellow citizens and do it well.’ That’s a strong thing to say, and that’s why we are all here today. I’m very proud to serve here with the four commissioners, and also all those that recently were elected.”

The new board members will hold their first meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Carroll County government building Room 311. Their agenda is posted on the county government website.

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