Havre De Grace Flags At Half Staff In Memory Of Former Mayor

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HAVRE DE GRACE - Mayor William T. Martin has ordered that all flags be flown at half staff next week in remembrance of former mayor Wayne H. Doughtery. Doughtery passed away on September 21st,

Doughtery served as the city's mayor from 2007 until 2015, where he successfully led the city through the 2008 financial crisis. Mayor Martin noted his contribution to Havre de Grace's economy through those difficult times.

"Wayne Dougherty's leadership led the City of Havre de Grace through one of the toughest economic times in recent history," he said.

Doughtery moved to Havre de Grace in 1961 when his father was transferred to Aberdeen proving grounds. He graduated from Havre de Grace high school and received degrees in criminal justice and banking from the American Institute of Banking.

Before becoming Mayor, Dougherty served on the city council from 1998-1999, 2002-2003, and 2005-2006. He was elected city council president in 2003.

According to Mayor Martin, During his time as mayor, Dougherty was known for his outstanding commitment to the residents of Havre de Grace.

"I witnessed firsthand his commitment to public service and to the citizens of Havre de Grace."

Doughtery's vision for Havre de Grace was simple but ahead of its time in 2007. His words ring true for today's citizens of this beautiful city.

He wanted to create "A safe community for all our citizens and visitors to our City."

"To Protect and promote our history with the implementation of zoning laws which will protect our historic structures and a strong Economic Development Plan which will benefit all citizens and our local businesses and merchants," he said.

The city council erected a bench in Concord Park in 2018 to honor the former mayor.

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