County council OKs board of adjustment reappointment

GEORGETOWN – Through reappointment, a vacancy on the Sussex County Board of Adjustment has been filled.

County council at its Sept. 11 meeting approved the reappointment of Bridgeville resident E. Brent Workman to another term on five-member board that hears requests for variances or special-use exceptions to county code.

Mr. Workman, whose term expired in June, was nominated by District 2 county councilman Samuel Wilson Jr. of Georgetown.

“I believe it is Mr. Wilson’s intent that he would like to reappoint Mr. Workman,” said Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson.

“Yes sir,” Mr. Wilson said.

Council’s vote was 5-0.

The board of adjustment, which functions as a quasi-judicial body and hears individual cases during open meetings held twice monthly, has taken some heat of late during public commentary from citizens concerned about the board and its procedures.

Milton resident Keith Steck voiced concerns in the public comment segment of the Sept. 11 council meeting, prior to the board’s action on the appointment.

“I’m here to discuss concerns about the board of adjustment’s operation and county council’s oversight of the board,” said Mr. Steck. “First, let me ask why county council is just now getting around to filling the position for District 2 on the board, or the reappointment of Brent Workman to the board. I believe under your procedures it should have been done in June. So, the question is: Is this legal … the appointment still valid?”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.