Sussex County Council appoints Doug Hudson to planning and zoning commission

GEORGETOWN – A former state trooper, one-time builder and current real estate agent is bringing his eclectic background to Sussex County’s land use process.

Sussex County Council during Tuesday’s meeting, appointed Douglas B. Hudson, 56, of the Dagsboro area to a seat on the five-member panel, a Council-appointed body that reviews and gives consideration toward subdivision applications and other land use requests.

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Sussex County Council Tuesday appointed Dagsboro resident Douglas Hudson to the county planning and zoning commission.

The appointment takes effect immediately and will last through June 2017, when the current three-year term ends.

Commissioners are paid $250 a meeting.

County Councilman George B. Cole, R-Ocean View, nominated Mr. Hudson in April to fill the seat vacated by then-Commissioner Rodney Smith, who resigned for health reasons in March after serving 12 years on the commission.

Mr. Cole praised Mr. Hudson for his vast knowledge of communities and residents in Sussex County from his work as a former Delaware State Police trooper and as a school safety monitor in the Indian River School District, and added his experience in custom home-building, design and real estate sales make him an ideal candidate for the job.

“Land use is the single-largest function of County government. We need people who understand the role of government in serving the people, the needs and trends within the development community, and most importantly, how to work with people who have differing perspectives,” Mr. Cole said. “Doug has spent his career working with people of all types, sometimes in stressful situations. I think he will be a great fit on the commission.”

Mr. Hudson was employed with the Delaware State Police for almost 27 years. In 2013, he took a new position in the Indian River School District as a school safety monitor, which he holds today.

His wife, Dr. Lou Ann Hudson is IRSD’s Director of Curriculum.

Mr. Hudson joined the Bethany Beach fire company as a teen and worked his way up to chief.

“I’ve always been in public service one way or the other; the fire department, state police, working at the school now. I enjoy working with the public and I think that I have a lot to offer,” said Mr. Hudson. “My honesty and my integrity will go a long way I think in planning and zoning. It is an honor and privilege to serve.”

Mr. Hudson also deals in real estate part-time as an independent contractor with  Beach Bound Realty, a business owned by county councilman Rob Arlett.

The question of possible conflict of interest was among the issues addressed at Tuesday’s public interview in county council chambers.

“As far as conflict of interest goes it is a simple matter of integrity as far as I am concerned,” Mr. Hudson said. “I know of no conflicts right now. But if a conflict does come up I quickly will recuse myself from any discussion in the matter and recuse myself from the vote.”

“I will ask you point blank: with me being the owner of Beach Bound Realty would you perceive or see any conflicts of interest with our relationship at all,” asked Mr. Arlett.

“I do not,” said Mr. Hudson.

“I’ve got a real estate license. I have had one since 1976 ,” said Mr. Cole. “My real estate license hasn’t impacted any of that. I don’t think it will when it comes to Mr. Hudson.”

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