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9:08 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Salisbury City Council Member Has Reservations About Police Review Board

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This Thursday the Wicomico County NAACP Chapter is holding a community forum that will include a discussion of creating a police review board. But, Salisbury City Council member Shanie Shields, who represents the minority majority district, says she has serious reservations about such a plan.  Delmarva Public Radio's Tom Hunt caught up with her as she prepared to attend the event.

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10:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Salisbury City Council Moves Forward With Replacing Terry Cohen

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The Salisbury City Council took the first steps last night to replace Terry Cohen who abruptly announced she was leaving the council due to personal obligations.

So, now, it will be up to the four remaining council members to choose a new member by early September.

Council President Jake Day said they would be receiving applications with a deadline of August 25th.

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9:28 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Salisbury City Council Seeks Replacement for Terry Cohen

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The Salisbury City Council will now be looking for a replacement for council member Terry Cohen who announced this week that she was stepping down as of this Friday due to personal reasons.

She is one of the longest serving members.

The council will now have until September 5th to replace Cohen.

Council President Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the council will look at how best to deal with the application process at its meeting next Monday on August 11th.

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9:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Five District Plan Headed For Salisbury City Council Session

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Salisbury is moving toward drawing up five separate districts for its city council from the two districts it now has.

Council President Jake Day along with council Vice President Laura Mitchell and council member Shanie Shields voted to put the plan on the August 11th meeting agenda.

Supporters of the plan say they want the system in place for the September 9th primary next year.

But objections came from to other council members.

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9:12 am
Wed August 28, 2013

A Reflection On 1963 The March on Washington

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Junior's "I have a dream speech." Salisbury City Council member Shanie Shields, who represents the African American District on the council, reflects on a legacy of that time.

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8:44 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Council Members Urge Pay Hike for Salisbury City Employees

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The president of the Salisbury City Council Jake Day and council member Shanie Shields is calling on the Interim City Administrator Tom Stevenson to implement a recommended 8.5 percent pay increase for city employees.

They said the pay hike is needed to make city salaries more competitive with other public employers.

During a council work session, Day said that he wanted to see the pay increase to be considered and implemented quickly.

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9:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Salisbury City Salaries Need a Bump, Study Says

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There’s a new report out that says the city employees of Salisbury are underpaid and should get an average 8.5 percent hike in their salaries.

Evergreen Solutions LLC found that 80 percent the 381 employees earn are compensated well below the market rate.

It recommended that overall employee compensation should be raised over no more than a 3 year period.

In addition, the $44-thousand report said that nine job titles should be revised with the creation of a position of lead zookeeper.

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2:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Ireton Draws Fire Over Employee's Dismissal

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The firing of assistant city administrator Lore’ Chambers by Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton may have violated the city charter.

That’s the conclusion of Council Vice President Laura Mitchell who is normally an ally of the mayor.

She cited a specific provision that lays out the protocol for terminating rank-and-file employees.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that either an employee is a department head who serves at the advice and consent of the council or they are subject to a department head.

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9:44 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Mayor Ireton Dismisses Key City Official

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Lore’ Chambers, who had served as assistant city administrator in Salisbury since 2008, has been fired by Mayor Jim Ireton.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she confirmed her dismissal but declined further comment including what options she might take.

The paper reports that Ireton said state law precludes him from talking about personnel matters but emphasized that he took action according to the city codes and charter.

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8:57 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Salisbury Decides Future of City in Today's Vote

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It’s Election Day in Salisbury.

Topping the list is that of the race for Mayor where incumbent Jim Ireton is facing off against Delmarva blogger Joe Albero.

In the money race Ireton comes out ahead with a commanding lead of over $10-thousand to $71-hundred for Albero.

At one time, Albero had been supportive of Ireton.

Meanwhile, in District 2 two term incumbent Council Vice President Debbie Campbell is being challenged by urban planner Jake Day…who overwhelmed her in the primary with over 800 votes around 300.

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8:25 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Last Salisbury University Campus Debate by City Candidates

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Mayoral and city council candidates  met last night for the last of their debates on the campus of Salisbury University as they face off in next week’s election.

In the most contentious race Mayor Jim Ireton was pressed about when he planned to send up a name to fill the long vacant position of Fire Chief.

The Mayor responded that he would do so when “…it was ready to go.”

Meanwhile, challenger Joe Albero is a local blogger who has been sharply critical of the Salisbury Zoo.

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11:32 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Business Closure Plan Heats Up Salisbury Mayoral Race

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At a forum held by the Salisbury Area of Chamber of Commerce the two candidates for Mayor got grilled on a proposal that could shut down a business that experienced multiple police visits.

Mayor Jim Ireton defended the plan that could trigger a year’s closure with as few as two police calls for more serious crime within a two year period.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he told the Chamber “…police your own or the city will have to do it for you, respectfully.”

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11:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Still Counting in Salisbury District 1 Primary Vote

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Democracy in Salisbury’s District 1 is still a work in progress with the outcome for second place still in doubt.

The top two finishers in the primary will go onto to compete in next month’s general election.

Cynthia Polk and April Jackson with 12 absentee ballots counted yesterday still put Polk one vote ahead at 62-to61.

Incumbent Council member Shanie Shields picked up 14 votes increasing her count to 69.

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9:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Salisbury Primary Results Pose Danger to Incumbent Debbie Campbell

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Two term City Council member Debbie Campbell fell far behind her challenger in Salisbury’s primary yesterday.

Jake Day led by a 3-to-1 margin garnering 803 votes to Campbell’s 271 in District 2. 

The third candidate in the race Jack Heath CEO of Lower shore Enterprises came in third with 197 votes.

There are 140 absentee ballots still to be counted tomorrow.

Then there are provisional ballots that will be counted on March 6th and 8th.

Meanwhile, in District 2 incumbent Shanie Shields led businesswoman Cynthia Polk by a 55 to 40 vote margin.

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8:48 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Primary Day in Salisbury City Elections

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Voters in Salisbury go to the polls today to choose the finalists for the general election in April for two council districts.

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In the at-large District 2 incumbent Debbie Campbell is seeking a third term and faces redevelopment activist Jake Day and nonprofit executive Jack Heath.

The issues highlighted by the candidates range from revitalizing downtown and attracting businesses to homeownership.

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11:06 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Cynthia Polk Makes Another Stab at Salisbury City Council Seat

Salisbury City Council Member Shanie Shields (1st District)
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Cynthia Polk is returning to take another shot at Salisbury’s First Council district.


She lost incumbent Shanie Shields by a one vote last time around.


Polk once worked at the Wayne Division of Dresser Equipment Group noting that it provided jobs and stimulated the local economy.


The majority-minority district primary next month we also see a challenge by April Jackson whose father brought the lawsuit that created the predominantly African American seat on the council.

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9:04 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Shanie Shields Gets Challenger

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A contest is set for Salisbury’s First Council district.


April Jackson, whose father sued the city to create the majority-minority district filed papers to run against incumbent Shanie Shields in this year’s municipal elections.


She is a local activist who has organized marches against crime and served on the Wicomico County Recreation and Parks Commission. 


Jackson told the Salisbury Daily Times that she has heard nothing but negative things about the district and wants this to be – in her words – a positive community.

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9:14 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Additional Firefighters Not Coming to Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council rejected a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would have funded 12 new firefighting positions over the next two years.

During last night’s work session Council member Debbie Campbell cited a bureaucratic requirement that the governing body approve the application before being submitted.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that Council President Terry Cohen said she wanted to know how the new positions would be affected if the city had to lay off staff members.

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9:12 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Only In Kind Help From Salisbury for July 4th Fireworks

 No cash from the City of Salisbury for this year’s 4th of July fireworks.

By a 4-to-1 vote the City Council said it would only provide in kind-services.

The Council majority turned down a request for $5-thousand to the Red, White and Boom fireworks display.

Mike Dunn, former president of the city council who has been spearheading the effort, told the Salisbury Daily Times that $25-thousand to $30-thousand has been raised so far.

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9:12 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Salisbury City Council Rejects Hearing Affordable Housing Plan

 A redevelop plan to turn the Residences at Rivers Edge into affordable homes got a thumbs down from the Salisbury City Council before the plan was even heard.

Council Vice President Debbie Campbell said that while she wanted to break the cycle of poverty in the city – in her words – subsidizing somebody’s house is not going to change their ability to earn and prosper.

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8:47 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Redistricting Plan Up Before Salisbury City Council

 

There’s a seven hour work session set for today during which the Salisbury City Council will take up the controversial charter amendment that would increase minority representation on the council.

By a 3-to-2 vote the Council told the City Attorney Mark Tilghman to draw up a measure that would expand the majority-minority district to two at-large council members while leaving a second at-large district with 3-members.

In addition, the proposal would eliminate the staggered elections for the council members and the Mayor.

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9:19 am
Thu May 3, 2012

No Ethics Violations by Salisbury Officials

 

There were no conflicts of interest.

That’s the ruling by the Salisbury city Ethics Commission in complaints leveled against almost all of the Council members including its top leadership as well as its legal counsel.

The opinions were written by Worcester County Attorney Sonny Bloxom who was appointed to hear the complaints against Council President Terry Cohen, Council Vice President Debbie Campbell council members Shanie Shields and Tim Spies as well as City Attorney Mark Tilghman.

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9:09 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Shields Criticizes New Redistricting Plans for Salisbury City Council

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The new proposals before the Salisbury City Council that would expand minority representation on the Salisbury City Council has drawn sharp criticism from Council member Shanie Shields, who represents the only minority majority district on the council. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report.  

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10:05 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Legal Finance Battle Up Before the Salisbury City Council Tonight

 

 

 

    The controversy over Salisbury's legal budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year will come up for scrutiny at night's City Council meeting.

     The Council is set to take a second and final vote on a measure that would add $30,000 for the City Attorney.

      However, at an April 16, meeting, Council members Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields received a spread sheet showing that an additional $100,000 is needed to cover legal bills for the rest of the fiscal year.

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8:25 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Shoring Up the Budget of the Salisbury City Attorney

 

            The Salisbury City Attorney’s office is expected to get a $100-thousand boost to its budget.

            Council member Laura Mitchell told the Salisbury Daily Times that the money will be needed to deal with the work that is left to be done.

            Currently, the City Attorney’s budget was $170-thousand with only $97-hundred remaining in the last three months of the fiscal year.

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