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Meet the Judges

Will Howard, Associate Judge

  • Graduate, Country School, SS Peter & Paul High School, Easton, Maryland
  • B.A. in Communications from University of Maryland,  College Park, Maryland
  • Elected to Talbot County Orphans’ Court – 2010
  • Subsequent Injury Fund--Member of 3 person panel representing the “people of Maryland”, appointed by the Governor and approved by Maryland Senate, to hear appeals from the Workers’ Compensation Committee (1993-96)
  • Reporter Associated Press, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Reporter/Writer Baltimore News American--Hertz National Award 1969
  • Chesapeake Publishing--nominated for Pulitzer Prize for 7-part series on substandard housing 1997
  • Producer, Host “Man About Town” series on MCTV Channel 15 – 2009 to present
  • Community Service:  Recipient of eight Governors Citations from six Maryland Governors for community service; Chairman-George Murphy Community Pool 1995; Purchaser and Organizer of restoration of Avalon Theatre in Public/Private Partnership 1984; President-Talbot Paramedic Foundation for 25 years; President-Talbot Hospice Foundation 1985 (start of Festival of Trees); Founding Director-Court Appointed Special Advocates; Talbot County Chamber of Commerce-Small Business Man of the Year 1986; Founder-Easton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Potato Race 1982; Co-Founder Operation Christmas Spirit 1981; Founder-Great May Fly-Away 1978; Easton Air Shows
  • Native of Talbot County; married to Dorothy Howard for over 30 years with four children.


 Paul S. Carroll, Associate Judge

  • Elected to Talbot County Orphans' Court in 2014
  • Education:  Easton High School and Chesapeake College
  • Forty-nine years with SEARS, owner/operator since 1991
  • Sold the local SEARS HOMETOWN STORE in 2014
  • Involved in real estate since 1980;  presently a Broker
  • Served six years with the Maryland National Guard 1966-1972
  • Community Service:  Chamber of Commerce:  Awarded the “Small Business of the Year" in 2000; Served on the Economic Development Commission;  Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee from 1995 to present;  Mid-Shore Executive Ministries; Active member of the First Wesleyan Church in Easton, MD and previously served as treasurer and member of the Local Board of Administration; Member of the Lions' Club
  • Native of Talbot County
  • Married to Faith for over forty years;  two daughters:  Elizabeth Olavsrud (Stein) and Katherine;  two grandchildren, Lucy and Chase Olavsrud

David J. Wheeler,

 A graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Business Administration and Anthropology (1975), Judge Wheeler is also a multi-rated instrument pilot, a certified Underwater Diving Instructor with both NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), and prior to having both knees replaced, was a certified and trained soccer coach and a certified Skiing and Ski Patrol Instructor. As an Automobile Dealer for 14 years (Volvo, Honda, Kia and Nissan franchises), he was the recipient of the Honda President’s Award for Outstanding Performance and held the highest customer satisfaction rating for the entire United States. He was also a member of Volvo Finance’s Select Committee and was honored to serve on the Board of Directors for American Honda Finance.

 Mr. Wheeler owned and operated his own consulting company from 1977 to 1996 which provided training and operational management expertise to retail automobile dealerships throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as conducted seminars and training for most major auto manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Jaguar, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Subaru and Volvo. Published frequently, he was also featured on the cover of Automotive Executive as well as being a speaker for the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) conventions in San Francisco, New Orleans and Las Vegas. He also conducted numerous seminars and produced training videos for NADA throughout the United States as well as for many State Dealer Associations.

 After selling Wheeler Management Associates in 1996, Mr. Wheeler then took charge of Reynolds & Reynolds Consulting Practices Group based in Dayton, Ohio where he combined the firm’s three separate organizational groups into one. That, along with the training and guidance he provided, allowed Reynolds & Reynolds four hundred plus consultants to then utilize their expertise in a concise, integrated approach to the company’s client base of more than 6000 automobile dealerships country wide. At this point in his career, David then retired from consulting and then purchased the former Fuller Automotive Group in Easton, Maryland which he successfully operated for 14 years and allowed him more time to be with his family and friends on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

 As a resident of Talbot County, Maryland, David Wheeler has an extensive list of accomplishments. He chaired the Easton High School Tech Committee for 14 years and helped it to incorporate AYES (Automotive Youth Education Systems) which led the Easton High School being selected as the AYES School Program of the year. Through his dealerships he awarded the Teacher of the Year a new car every year to support their success and was also a member of the teacher selection committee. By the way, this program was also done by Mr. Wheeler in Dorchester and Queen Anne counties. A certified Scoutmaster and Webelo’s leader for more than twelve years, (Awarded as Scoutmaster of the Year and inducted into the Boy Scouts ‘Order of the Arrow’), he also was a soccer and lacrosse coach for 6 years. In addition to be a member of numerous civic organizations, David was given the following recognitions for his contributions to the community; Outstanding Business Partnership by the Maryland Department of Education, Recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Community Service by Peter Franchot for the State of Maryland, as well as Talbot County Large Business of the Year. He established and continues to be the driving force behind a yearly new bicycle donation program with the Maryland State Police for their Holiday gift giving service that last year alone provided new bikes for over 300 kids and to date more than 2800 have been given away locally. A sponsor of Easton Little League Baseball, the Town of Easton’s 4th of July Fireworks, the Title sponsor of the Bay Bridge Walk for 10 years, a sponsor of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and served on the Board of Directors of the Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers.


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