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March 12, 2006|By CHRIS GUY

Stephen R. Mathews

Occupation

Mayor of the town of Snow Hill and director of the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center.

In the news

Mathews, 59, successfully campaigned for a 1,000-acre annexation that could triple the 2,500 population of his Eastern Shore town. Opponents argued that the development, known as Summerfield, would dwarf the picturesque Worcester County seat and drive up taxes and costs for roads, schools and other services. Town residents overwhelmingly sided with Mathews on Tuesday, voting 582-82 for the annexation.

Career highlights

Mathews, a Vietnam veteran who served as a Green Beret, retired after 23 years with the Washington Police Department. A detective sergeant with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, he heads the team that investigates child abuse cases. Mathews moved to Snow Hill in 1991. As mayor for the past six years, he is credited with modernizing the town's recordkeeping system, overhauling the town's building code and creating a historic district.

Personal

He has been married to Deborah A. Mathews, a professor in the Department of Social Work at Salisbury University, for 18 years. They have two grown children from previous marriages.

Philosophy

"I believe that without this annexation, our town would have died. ... I never aspired to be mayor, it just sort of happened. We've tried to do the right thing."

[Chris Guy]

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