Hagerstown will likely have a new mayor by the end of the day

February 7 – The Hagerstown City Council will meet today at 4 p.m. for a special session and a work session, where the group will likely have a new Mayor of Hagerstown. 

Emily Keller resigned as of last week to take a position in Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore’s cabinet. 

Three out of the five council members would like to be mayor.  

It is incumbent upon City Council to decide on a mayor in an executive session prior to the special session. The executive session is not open to the public, but the public will know who is selected after the executive session. 

Wes Decker, communications officer with the city of Hagerstown said, “Not easy when you look at those numbers, three out of five, 60 percent of them. Somehow they are going to figure that out and then at 4 o’clock in the special session, we would have the appointment of the mayor and then the work session would begin on the heels of that.” 

It is in the City Charter that should a mayor resign, this is how a decision is made on the next mayor. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “On this particular occasion, I think this would be best if it was public. I think of all things, this one should be a little more transparent.” 

The work session has five items, two of which are proclamations.  

The decision on the mayor will be covered live by NewsTalk 103.7FM this afternoon. For the work session’s agenda, click here: https://hagerstown.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=1159&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda