Sullivan, Tilley sworn in as Harford liquor board members

Posted April 14, 2016 - Walter "Butch" Tilley III was sworn in Wednesday as the newest member of the Harford County Liquor Control Board, along with C. John Sullivan Jr., who was appointed to a second term on the liquor board.
Tilley's 16-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and his mother, Nancy, were on hand for the swearing-in ceremony, held shortly before Wednesday's regular board meeting in the agency's downtown Bel Air headquarters.

Linda Settle, Harford County's chief deputy clerk of Circuit Court, presided over the swearing in of Tilley and Sullivan. The board named its chairman and vice chair during its regular meeting – Commissioner Tom Fidler made a motion to reappoint Michael Thomson as chairman and appoint Sheryl Davis Kohl as vice chair.

The five-member board approved the motion unanimously.  Sullivan welcomed Tilley, a Bel Air resident and owner of York Insurance Services Inc. in Forest Hill, to the board.  "Mr. Tilley is a local businessman; he has a tremendous amount of integrity," Sullivan said.  He expects Tilley will help make the board "more business friendly."

Fidler welcomed Sullivan back to the liquor board.  "I would thank you, Mr. Sullivan, for agreeing to come back and continue your tenure," Fidler said.
Sullivan is a Bel Air resident and the former director of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. He is retired from the state government, and is an author of several books on waterfowl hunting and decoy collecting. He is also a collector of decoys.  He is the former director of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and is a museum consultant.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman reappointed Sullivan, who was appointed to the board by former County Executive David Craig in 2013, and he appointed Tilley. Both appointments have been approved by the county's House and Senate delegations in Annapolis and the Harford County Council.  Glassman appointed Tilley to succeed former Vice Chairman Vernon Gauss. The county executive declined to reappoint Gauss, who had been on the board since 2008. His third and final term ended April 4.

Tilley, 44, has two children, his daughter, Elizabeth, a student at Patterson Mill High School, and 19-year-old Michael, who is attending film school in Florida.  He is a 1990 Fallston High School graduate and earned his bachelor's degree in management from York College of Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Business Administration graduate degree from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.  "I've grown up in Harford County," Tilley said after the board meeting. "I just wanted an opportunity to serve the community to the best of my ability."  He hopes to bring his business expertise to the liquor board and create a more "business-friendly environment for the board, the applicants and the license holders."

"As long as there is a good-faith effort by businesses to abide by the statutes, there shouldn't be anything keeping them from getting a license, maintaining a license and serving the community," Tilley said.