Rowe selected for interim appointment

Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Mar 20, 2019 - 01:32 PM

Mike Rowe of North was appointed on Monday to serve as the interim supervisor on the Mathews County Board of Supervisors. The vote by the board was three to one, with chairman G.C. Morrow voting against.

Rowe will serve until a special election is held for the seat during the Nov. 5 general election. He will fill the seat vacated by Pepper Love, who resigned last month.

On Tuesday morning, Rowe said he would be sworn in by the Circuit Court clerk as soon as possible and expects to take his seat at the board meeting that will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Asked if he intends to run for the office in the November special election, he said that for now, “I just want to get my feet wet again and see where it goes.”

In a written statement, Rowe said, “I feel the board’s decision is a reflection upon how complicated and unfair appointing any of the candidates is during the midst of the budgeting process and for such a short term. I am glad to take on that burden, but I hope my appointment will not dissuade any of the other candidates from running for election in November. I found them all to have a strong desire to help this community. If given a full term, they would be introduced with enough time to give their best effort.”

Rowe’s appointment came following an open interview of Rowe and five other candidates by the four supervisors who remained after Love’s resignation—Morrow, vice chair Edwina Casey, Amy Dubois and Charles Ingram. The courtroom was filled with residents, who were given an opportunity to make comments before the interviews began.

Molly Broderson of North was the only person who chose to speak. She thanked the board for giving the public the opportunity to learn more about the candidates, and she asked them to work collaboratively as a team to choose someone whose interview showed that they had knowledge of “the already established priorities for our county.”

The candidates were then asked to leave the courtroom and wait in an adjacent meeting room, after which they were brought in one by one for the interview. Each was allowed unlimited time to provide information about his or her background and experience, after which each was asked three questions that had been pre-determined by the board. The questions were 1) What are the three biggest challenges for Mathews County? 2) What would your top three priorities be as a supervisor? and 3) What should a board member do to be effective?