St. Michaels Town Commissioner Jaime Windon has resigned her post effective immediately.
In a statement sent Monday to the interim town manager, Windon wrote:
“For the last seven years I have enjoyed serving the town of Saint Michaels. It is both a privilege and an honor to be a commissioner, and it is a role that I strived to fulfill to the best of my ability with dedication and integrity. However, recent events, conflicts and controversies prove to be a continual challenge to my ability to maintain excellence in governance and create positive change through my position.
“It is not without regret that I have come to the decision that I can no longer serve as part of this commission, and am therefore resigning, effective immediately.
“Thank you to our dedicated public servants: the police department, public works, the office staff and all those who volunteer their time on the many boards and committees, your efforts make this town a wonderful place to live and it has been a pleasure working alongside each of you.
“Best wishes to those that are entrusted with guiding and governing our town. I look forward to finding new ways to serve Saint Michaels in the future.”
Windon’s term expires in 2022.
Letters to Editor
Emilie Knud-Hansen says
Jaime Windon has been one of the best “ambassadors” Saint Michaels (and indeed Talbot County) has had in the past decade. I don’t know the details so I can only offer an opinion: she will be very hard to replace.
Michael Davis says
This is a big loss to the community. I have seen the good things Ms. Windom has done for our area. She is a smart dynamic businesswoman who works to improve our area both with her business and with her service as a St. Michaels Commissioner. She should be thanked for her contributions and offered fair winds and following seas for her departure.
Charlie Cricks says
I want to thank Jaime for her superb stewardship and fine counsel. We residents and neighbors were able to sleep soundly knowing she was standing for us. Selfishly I am saddened that Jaime is resigning, however personally I am thrilled that this wonderful and thoughtful lady is distancing herself from the terrible governance mess our beloved Saint Michaels is left with.
Rev Julie Hart says
I’m so sorry to hear this, Jaime. And sorry for St Michaels loss. Thank you for your dedicated service.
It is obvious that we have issues with governance in St Michaels. This is nothing new; has gone on for decades.
But perhaps it is the atmosphere which has changed. St Michaels itself has changed drastically over the last 5-6 decades. And those who reside here also are very different people. Many things need to be taken into account in “running” this town.
Being a leader–elected, appointed or volunteer, is a selfless task. And often a thankless task. It gets harder and harder to find people who are willing to serve.
Who will be the next lamb to step forward to serve?
J Garland says
We are sad to see Jaime go as she was the last voice of reason, respect, and positivity on the Commission. Her ethical leadership will be sorely missed as we watch the remaining Commission members barrel through the ‘wayback machine’ to 1950 when the have’s and the have not’s were even starker than they are today.
Questionable ethical practices and regressive policies by the remaining commissioners are not what our Town needs or deserves. We need a commission that treats all Town employees and residents with dignity and respect as well as positive ethical leadership that is not centered on the individual needs of the wealthy, but on the needs of the whole community. See you at the polls!
Such a loss for the town. My heart is sad for the future of St. Michael’s. Thank you Jaime for all the love and dedication you gave throughout these years.
Tracey Johns says
Jaime. You rock! Now go enjoy some rum 🍹 and twiddle dee dee to the rest of them. You brought wisdom and an eagerness to work together with folks during your tenure. Thank you.
Carol Parlett says
This is another sad day for St Michaels. The second one this summer. First we lost our Town Manager and now an outstanding Commissioner of 7 years has resigned!
Jaime Windon’s professionalism, integrity, sharp wit, and her ability to always take the ethical position oftentimes in opposition to the other
4 commissioners, will be sorely missed.
Best of luck to you and all of your future pursuits! You did a fantastic job!
Michael Estrella says
For the past 7 years St. Michaels has been privileged to have a person representing us who is as honest and as she is energetic. Jamie Windon proved to be a person who listened to anyone and everyone before making up her mind on issues. She always made sure that there was a problem in need of a solution before presenting a solution to a conjured up issue. But, most importantly, as a commissioner, Jamie was always truthful and reliable and capable and believable!
Jamie has decided that it is time to step down and she will be greatly missed by most everyone. She deserves our thanks for all she has down while in office. She leaves us with an example of a what good public servant is. We had open and honest government for most of Jamie’s time in office. Perhaps will have that again one day.
David Braly says
Truly a sad day for St. Michaels–and a sad year so far, to lose two high-minded and competent public servants as Commissioner Jamie Windon and Town Manager Jean Weisman. Yet, my personal feelings for each of them is that they are well out of it. It’s no fun to be consistently blindsided and insulted by ones colleagues. I expect there will be some interesting revelations to come regarding the ‘public service’ of some of the remaining commissioners. Fortunately for the town, 2022 and 2024 are just around the corner; time to go!
Kristen Greenaway says
And she still had a full bag of rubbish from her early morning walk this morning!
Katherine Reeves says
Touché Kristen! Jaime knew every inch of St Michaels on her power walks, picking up debris, saying hello to passerby fellows and always cheerful. That doesn’t make her a saint. What does though, is her level head, ethical and moral conviction and commitment abounding. The rest of the lot could learn from her. Jaime will be sorely missed and hopefully she will know that the Residents have great respect for her! Carry on Jaime!
Dennis Glackin says
Another loss for the residents of St. Michaels. Jamie exhibited all of the qualities that you would want in an elected official. She was open to ideas, hard-working, prepared, and always kept the interests of the Town ahead of any personal agenda. I had the privilege of working with her while I was a commissioner and can attest to her abilities. What is most disheartening is her statement that reads in part that she “can no longer serve as part of this commission”. Her term was up next May, but apparently the Board’s actions were so troubling to her, that she made the decision not to be part of their agenda any longer. What a shame.
Helen Kenney-Poore says
I’m not sure what is going on in St. Michaels. I owned a retail store there for 13 years and resided there for 3. I’ve lived in the Bay Hundred area for 22 years. It was a tourist community when I arrived and has been ever since. Perhaps if the commissioners are looking to change that, they should reside somewhere else? Does anyone know what “their” vision of our town should be? Good luck, Jamie! The town was/is fortunate to have you as a representative, a business owner and a resident.