John Palmer was elected to the Wicomico county Central Committee in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
John was also appointed to the Board of Education by Governor Larry Hogan in June 2015. He was appointed to complete a term that was expiring at the end of June 2015, and he was also appointed to a five-year term that will run through 2020, however with the change to an elected school board, John ran unopposed in 2018 and was elected to four year term representing District 5.
John graduated from Northeast Senior High School in Pasadena, Maryland in 1967 and immediately began a 21-year career in the U.S. Navy, advancing rapidly through the ranks and becoming the youngest Master Chief in the Navy. He spent his two shore duty assignments at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, coordinating classes between civilian and military instruction, teaching Mechanical/Systems Engineering and Applied Thermodynamics, and attending classes in some of the best professional schools in the country.
In 1988-1999 he applied his skills in the private sector, working for Jarman Refrigeration, a firm specializing in the design and installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems. From 1999 to the present, Mr. Palmer has worked for the University System of Maryland at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, where he is the Facility Supervisor for the campus physical plant of close to 2 million square feet (about the same square footage as the school system) and a team of 132 personnel in all trades. He is the campus HVAC/Mechanical Supervisor. He brings to the Board table his expertise from all of these experiences.
Mr. Palmer is a member of the Wicomico County Republican Club and is serving his third term as an elected member of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee.