The Ocean View Town Council will soon have a new face on the dais, with the addition of Tom Maly.
Following the passing of councilman Tom Sheeran in November, the Town sought candidates for a special election to fill the vacancy. Maly was the only resident to file for the seat. A swearing-in date has yet to be scheduled.
“I was approached by several friends and citizens of Ocean View, and they asked me if I would consider running for the vacant office,” said Maly. “I spoke to my wife and decided I would try…
“Tom Sheeran was not just a councilman or a neighbor — he was a friend, too. I just I hope I do half as well as he did.”
Maly, who has never held a political office, before currently serves as treasurer for the Bethany Beach Fraternal Order of Police and treasurer for International Police Association Region 58, and is the former president and a current board member of the Ravens Roost in Ocean City, Md.
In joining the council to finish out Sheeran’s term, which is set to expire in April 2017, Maly said he hopes to continue the stability that has come to the Ocean View Town Council.
“I’ve lived here for 12 years, and I’ve seen some times where it wasn’t very stable in Ocean View government. It has been in the last few years, and I’d like to see it remain that way. The best way to keep it that way is to work as a group. We all have a common goal: make Ocean View a nice place to live. And, right now, it really, really is.”
He noted that many of the Town staff have been working for the Town for a long time, which he said signifies the Town’s stability.
“It indicates it’s not only a nice place to live, but it must be a nice place to work.”
Maly said some the biggest issues that are facing the town are related to drainage and roadway problems, which he said he looks forward to addressing with the sitting council.
Maly and his wife, Katherine, who have been married for 46 years, moved to Hunter’s Run 13 years ago, after visiting friends in Savannah’s Landing.
“We purchased a house here 13 years ago. Once we got here as part-time residents, we just decided this was better than living in a metropolitan area. We sold our house outside of Baltimore and moved down here and love it,” he said. “It’s just a small-town community. It’s a nice atmosphere. People are friendly. The services provided by the Town, a town of this size, are excellent — everything from the police department, to public works.”
Maly, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from Loyola College and the University of Baltimore, retired from the Baltimore Police Department after 24 years. Maly then became director of public safety at the Community College of Baltimore County. He went into law enforcement after serving in the military police in the U.S. Army.
“After I finished my active duty in the military, there weren’t a lot of job openings, back in 1969. The Baltimore Police Department and the state police of Maryland were hiring, so I put out applications for both, and the City called me first,” he said. “It was good to me. It was a nice career.”
Now retired, Maly said it is time to pay back and do what he can for the community that he loves.
“In my opinion, I’ve had a very good life, and now it’s time to do something for the community.”