Letter to Editor: Talbot County Planning Commission Vacancy

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Recently there was an article in the Star Democrat and the Talbot Spy regarding the various Talbot County citizen boards and commissions. Interested citizens are invited to apply for these positions The County Council weighs the merits of each applicant and makes appointments based on qualifications. One very important position that needs to be filled is a seat on the County Planning Commission, vacated by the untimely death of Commissioner Mike Sullivan. The deadline for applications is April 19.

Diversity should be a County Council goal in filling this position. In addition to the credentials and experience of applicants, there should be an effort to achieve diversity on each commission or board. A glaring omission of gender diversity has existed for many years on the Planning Commission. There has not been a woman on this five member board since 2007, even though there have been several well qualified women applicants over the years.

I hope qualified women will apply, and I hope the Council will appoint a qualified woman to this very important commission.

Jane Bollman
Easton

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