Wicomico County, Maryland

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Wicomico County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Maryland. The county's name is pronounced why-KAHM-ih-koh[1]. It was named for the Wicomico River, which in turn derives from American Indian words wicko mekee, meaning "a place where houses are built," apparently referring to an Indian town on the banks. The county seat is Salisbury. As of 2000, the population was 84,644. It is included in the Salisbury, Maryland, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The newspaper of record is The Daily Times.

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History

Wicomico County was created from Somerset and Worcester Counties in 1867.

Law/Government

Wicomico County was granted a charter form of government in 1964. The legislative functions of government are vested in the County Council. The County Council consists of seven members five of which are elected from individual districts the other two are elected at-large. Councilwoman Gail M. Bartkovich is the current Council President.[2] Executive authority in the county is vested in the office of County Executive. Rick Pollitt (D), former Fruitland City Manager, is the first to hold the title County Executive. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote.

Law enforcement in the county is provided by the Wicomico County sheriff's office. The sheriff, Mike Lewis (R), is an elected official. Municipal police agencies exist in the town of Delmar and the cities of Fruitland and Salisbury.

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