CENTREVILLE — Filling a vacancy created by Steve Arentz’s appointment to the Maryland House of Delegates, James Moran has joined the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners.
In a ceremony at the board’s meeting room in Centreville Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, Moran was administered the oath of office by Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Clerk Scott MacGlashan in front of a packed room comprising local officials as well as Moran’s friends and family.
“This is a very humbling experience for me,” Moran said after being sworn in. “I thank the Republican Central Committee for putting their faith in me, and I’m going to pass that along to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County.”
Speaking before the oath, MacGlashan noted how Moran’s appointment to fill Arentz’s seat came after Arentz was appointed to the House of Delegates to fill Steve Hershey’s seat after he was appointed to the House of Delegates.
“It’s pretty neat how government works, and it does work,” MacGlashan said. “It bodes well for our government.”
Moran’s first meeting as commissioner at-large won’t take place until Jan. 14, but he said he was ready to begin.
“I just want to say that I’m looking forward to getting to work,” Moran, a Queenstown resident, said.
Board of Commissioners President Phil Dumenil said that Moran’s work as Vice Chairman of the Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission has given him ample preparation for the position and that he won’t need a long transition period.
“I think he’s going to serve the county well,” Dumenil said. “He’s going to jump right in [to the position]. It’s not going to be a slow process.”
Members of the Board of Commissioners as well as Hershey and Arentz were among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.
“I’ve known him for quite a while,” Hershey said. “I think he’s got a great business sense and I think he’ll be a real asset to the Board of Commissioners.”
A resident of Queen Anne’s County since 2005, Moran is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the head of Increte of Maryland Inc., a Crofton-based decorative concrete contractor. He also is a managing partner of Mid-Atlantic Pigments, a company dealing with colors for concrete projects.
In addition to his service on the planning commission, Moran also served on the county’s Economic Development Commission and was a member of the Task Force for Government Sustainability.