Ocean City Department Heads
PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR
HAL O. ADKINS, - Received a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, in "Construction Management-Engineering" graduating Summa Cum Laude. Prior to becoming the Towns first Public Works Director in 1989, he served as an "Engineer 1" for the Town's Engineering Department and as the Towns first "Plans Examiner" for the Department of Planning and Community Development. His employment with the Town began in May of 1984. He is presently an active member of the American Public Works Association, the American Water Works Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Community Transportation Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. E-Mail
GUY R. AYRES, III, - Holds a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland State and American Bar Associations and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Ayres served as Councilman from 1978 to 1982. He is a native of Ocean City and a principal in the law firm of Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand, P.A.
MARTHA J. BENNETT, - Received a B.S. in Accounting from Salisbury State University, a M.S. in Public Administration from Wilmington College and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to becoming Finance Administrator in 1989, she was the Assistant Director of Finance and has been employed in the City’s Finance department since 1984. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Maryland Public Finance Officers Association, and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. E-Mail
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER
NANCY R. BLOXOM - Received an Associates of Arts Degree from Delaware Technical & Community College and holds a B.S. Degree with a minor in IT from Wilmington College. Mrs. Bloxom has been employed by the City since 1990 as the IT Manager. Prior to working for the Town of Ocean City, Mrs. Bloxom worked for an international software company and at Wallops Island Flight Facility. She also worked 4 years for the City as a Systems Operator /Technical Writer and also as a PC Specialist before leaving to work for the international software company. She is an IBM Certified Specialist and is a member of the Maryland IT Association. E-Mail
CHIEF OF POLICE
Ross C. Buzzuro. E-Mail - Chief Ross C. Buzzuro currently serves as the Ocean City Police Department’s Chief of Police as of July 2013. As Chief of Police, Buzzuro oversees the department, which consists of nearly 100 full time officers, 100 seasonal officers and approximately 20 civilian employees. In addition, his responsibilities include developing and implementing law enforcement initiatives and crime prevention strategies, creating organization and community partnerships, overseeing operational commands and managing a multi-million dollar budget.
Chief Buzzuro began his career in law enforcement in 1985, as a police cadet in Baltimore City. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as a sergeant, detective lieutenant, deputy major, major and eventually being named lieutenant colonel in 2007. A graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and the University of Maryland’s Fire & Rescue Institute, Chief Buzzuro has been a commander within the Baltimore City’s Special Enforcement Section, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Internal Investigations Division. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Management from John Hopkins University and is known for improving operations, effectively managing resources and strengthening relationships.
Chief Buzzuro has owned a home in Ocean City and vacationed here for many years prior to becoming Chief of Police.
MATTHEW MARGOTTA, AICP. - Matt was hired in December 2012 and started working for Ocean City in January 2013. He started his Planning career in April 1996 with the Town of Hilton Head Island, SC; by the time Matt left Hilton Head in 2005, he worked about equal times as a Current Planner and Long Range Planner and earned his planning certification (AICP). As the Assistant Director of Planning in Bluffton, SC, Matt coordinated all aspects of Planning for the Town before being hired as the Director of Planning for the City of Fort Pierce in 2006. In Fort Pierce, Matt was responsible for all aspects of Planning, Community Development, Historic Preservation, Urban Design and coordinating the Building and Code Enforcement departments as well. He recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserves, having served more than 20 years with 3 combat zone deployments and many more assignments as a Medical Service Corps officer. Matt graduated with a BA degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina in 1987 and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration degree. He is a certified planner thru the American Institute of Certified Planners and a member of American Planning Association.
KELLY L. ALLMOND, - Received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration from Towson State University in 1991. She started her administrative career as a paralegal for the Baltimore-based Law Firm Thomas & Libowicz, PA. After moving to the Shore, she was hired as Deputy City Clerk for the Town of Ocean City, and, in May 2009 received her Certification of Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. She is a member of the Maryland Municipal Clerk's Association and a Fellow for the University of Maryland Institute for Local Governance. E-Mail
ERIC T. LAGSTROM, - Graduated from Tusculum College with a BA in Education. Prior to coming to OC in June 1997, worked for The Hartford Ins Co for five years and for USF&G Ins Co for 16 years managing the local claims office in Salisbury. Currently a Trustee on the Board of Trustees and Director on the Board of Directors for the State's Self-Insurer's Risk Retention Group. Also a member of the Risk Management Committee for LGIT (Local Government Insurance Trust). Is a current member of PRIMA (Public Risk Management Association) both on a national and state level. E-Mail
TERENCE MCGEAN, - Received a B.S. degree in Engineering from Texas A & M University and is a registered professional engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Public Works Association. Prior to employment with the City in 1990, Mr. McGean was employed by Post, Buckley, Schu and Jernigan, Civil Engineer Consultants, as a Design Engineer and Construction Manager. E-Mail
RECREATION & PARKS DIRECTOR
THOMAS J. SHUSTER, - Is a graduate of the Ohio State University where he earned a BS degree in Biological Science and a MS in Parks and Recreation Administration. Prior to his appointment in 1998, Mr. Shuster has worked in state government in Ohio, municipal government in New Jersey, a park district in Illinois, and for a metropolitan park district in Ohio. He is an active member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). E-Mail
DONNA ABBOTT - Joined the town in April 1997 as media services manager at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center and served as the town’s public relations director for several years. She was promoted to communications director for the town in 2010, and was promoted to Tourism Director in 2012. Prior to joining the town, Abbott was employed in corporate communications at Perdue Farms corporate headquarters in Salisbury. She also served as public information officer for the Ocean Pines Association. She was a news reporter and editor for area newspapers earlier in her career. Abbott holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Towson University and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. E-Mail
CONVENTION CENTER DIRECTOR
LARRY NOCCOLINO - Joined the Town in April of 2013 as Director of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Previous to that, he spent 19 years with GF Management, the last 16 years as the General Manager of the Valley Forge Convention Complex. Prior to that, Larry was the General Manager of the Eagles Nest Country Club in Sewell, New Jersey and the Marlborough Country Club in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Larry attended Prince Georges Community College and American University. He is an active member in IAEE, International Association of Exposition Executives. E-Mail