Snow Hill Mayor Resigns After 6 Years

SNOW HILL – Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman submitted his resignation to the town council this week.

At a Mayor and Council meeting on Tuesday, Dorman submitted his resignation as mayor, effective Oct. 31.

Dorman has served as mayor since 2012 and just this year was reelected for another two-year term, beating challenger Brian Gilliland by 96 votes.

Dorman declined to comment on his resignation this week, but said he will release a statement in the coming days.

According to a press release issued by the town this week, the town council is expected to elect an interim mayor within 45 days.

“Per the Town Charter, Section 19 ‘Vacancies in the Office of Mayor,’ ‘If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor because of death, removal, resignation, failure to qualify or otherwise, the Council shall without delay, but within not more than 45 days, elect a suitable qualified person to serve until the next regular election. At the next regular election, the qualified voters shall elect a person to fill any unexpired term,’” the statement reads.

The Town Council – consisting of Councilwomen Jenny Hall, Alison Cook and LaToya Purnell – will be meeting to discuss an interim replacement for his position, according to the press release.

“Due to Mayor Dorman’s resignation, the Town will add the Mayor seat to the next election scheduled for May 7, 2019,” the statement reads. “The successful candidate will serve for one year until the normally scheduled Mayor election occurs in 2020.  The 2019 election will also include the Council seats for Western and Central District.”

About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.