On December 5, 2017, as soon as the agenda was approved, the sound of sleigh bells was heard coming down the hallway and into the commissioners hearing room. Santa Claus came in, explaining that he was much earlier this year, due to his heavy schedule.
As in years past, each commissioner and the staff got to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their wish for Christmas. Commissioner Steve Weems asked Santa if he remembered his wish from last year. Santa told him that maybe for some more money, she might. So Steve said next year might be the year but in the meantime he wished everyone a healthy and happy year. Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt also wished everyone a great holiday.
Although Santa told Commissioner Pat Nutter that he didn’t need to sit on his lap because of his knee surgery, Pat insisted he would sit on Santa’s lap, as he said the other four would talk about him if he didn’t. He wanted everyone to have a healthy Christmas and New Year. He also told Santa to take care of all the children this year, as this is where his priorities lie.
Commissioner Mike Hart told Santa that he wanted everyone to be able to discuss problems without all the hate and discontent this year. Let everyone settle their differences without being hateful. Commissioner President Tom Hejl requested the same as last year, a 50’ yacht, just like Rodney Gertz has.
County Administrator Terry Shannon also asked Santa again for the convertible she didn’t get the last time. Assistant County Administrator Wilson Parran asked for a Merry Christmas and happy New Year for all. County Attorney John Norris asked Santa for his wish, which was a merry Christmas and good health for all. Clerk to the Board Maureen Frederick wanted her newly married son and his wife to have a very merry Christmas and for her son and daughter who are in the military, since they can’t be home to be safe,
Santa wished all a Merry Christmas as he left, passing out candy canes to all in the audience.
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon