County Executive

In 2006, Richard M. Pollitt, Jr. was elected Wicomico County's first County Executive; the first for the Eastern Shore and one of only eight in the State of Maryland. Campaigning on a theme of "Building Bridges-Building Community," Rick realized that, to make a successful transition to a completely new form of government, he would need to engage all elements of Wicomico citizenship.

His first term was noted for building bridges to the county council, minority communities, the education community, business community, law enforcement and firefighters, agriculture, environmental and development interests, and senior citizens. Halfway through his first term, Rick confronted an economy in crisis by carefully scaling back government spending while attempting to keep county services viable. His efforts were acknowledged on November 2, 2010, when voters returned him to office for a second term.

In 2013, Rick served as the President of the Maryland Association of Counties. The Association advocates for counties before the General Assembly, the Governor and executive branch officials, and federal decision-makers. He is one of only two members of the executive board representing the Eastern Shore.