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OPA Sec. Farr qualifies candidates

Farr replaces Wheatley, who steps down to seek regular seat on board of directors

The Ocean Pines Association shook up its ranks on Friday when Josette Wheatley resigned her position as board of directors secretary ahead of her bid to join the board.

“Although it’s not a requirement that she resign, she resigned her secretary duties because of the potential for conflict in the candidate verification process, which is one of the secretary’s responsibilities,” Association President Colette Horn said during a special meeting.

Board liaison Rick Farr assumed Wheatley’s role after a unanimous vote by the board during the meeting.

Rick Farr

Farr himself will be replaced by Wheatley, who takes over his duties as liaison to the Architectural Review Committee, and Director Amy Peck, who assumes his role as Recreation and Parks liaison.

Farr wasted no time in his role as secretary, announcing on Monday the candidacy of six applicants for the 2022 Board of Directors.

The candidates are Paula Gray, Stephen Jacobs, Stuart Lakernick, Monica Rakowski, Peck and Wheatley.

Three director seats are up for grabs in this year’s election, which are currently held by Larry Perrone, Peck and Wheatley.

Next in the candidacy process, on June 7, is a drawing to determine ballot order and seating during candidate forums.

The first candidate forum will occur on June 22 with the second following on June 25.

The cutoff to register to vote is July 6 and the ballot deadline is Aug. 10. Ballots will be counted with results announced on Aug. 11.

This story appears in the print version of Bayside Gazette on May 19, 2022.