Sussex County Council elects leadership, appoints legal team for 2018

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Sussex County is retaining its leadership and legal team for another year. It is customary for council at the first meeting of each year to elect officers and appointing legal staff. At its Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, meeting County Council selected Councilman Michael H. Vincent of Seaford to serve as president of the body for the eighth year in a row. The Council also re-elected Councilman George B. Cole of Ocean View as vice president. As Council president, Mr. Vincent will continue to preside over all council meetings in 2018, with Mr. Cole substituting as the presiding officer anytime Mr. Vincent is unable to attend.

Council also approved J. Everett Moore Jr. to re-appointment as County Attorney. Mr. Moore serves at the pleasure of the County Council as the elected body’s chief counsel. Meantime, staff from the Moore & Rutt and Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze law firms will represent the Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning Commission respectively as assistant county attorneys.

In other action – The Sussex County Council chambers were packed Tuesday morning as residents on both sides of the proposed Right to Work ordinance waited to tell the council their thoughts. Those opposed to Right to Work far outnumbered those who supported the proposed ordinance. County Council members heard from current and past union members and the general public, as well as various officials – including former County Finance Director/County Administrator David Baker, State Senator Bryant Richardson and representatives of both the county Republicans and Democrats. The County Council heard over 4 hours of testimony and opted to defer a vote on the ordinance so that they could review all the testimony – including quite a lot of written correspondence that was also placed into the record. No date has been set for when the council will revisit the proposed Right to Work ordinance.