By Ken Rossignol
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. – “My husband, (Rex Eagan) formerly taught at Marshall University, and when he was running the Booze Allen and Hamilton office after getting out of the Navy, he needed key personnel for his mission,” said former St. Mary’s County Commissioner Francy Eagan on Super Bowl Sunday. Eagan spoke with THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY three days after St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan formerly filed for the Maryland House of Delegates from St. Mary’s County.
“Rex called on the Dean of The School of Business at Marshall University and asked him about any promising students that he could recommend, and he said he had an outstanding guy who stood out and was a graduate student in business administration. He told Rex that he was sharp but maybe a little bit rough around the edges. Rex asked him to have the fellow send his resume, and soon they talked over the phone, and when he arrived for an interview, he was immediately hired. When Rex then hired John McAlister, and in about six years, Rex and John decided to go out on their own in the defense contractor world and asked Todd to join them. Todd decided to stay with Booze Allen, and thus, Eagan McAlister was born. Todd Morgan became a partner at Eagan McAlister Associates in a few years, and we began to grow. Todd was a vital part of the business, and soon he joined me in politics. Todd, at times, is even more conservative than me, and he was my campaign treasurer when I first ran for St. Mary’s Commissioner in 1990.
“TODD WAS A DEDICATED VOLUNTEER ON THE PRESIDENT REAGAN’S CAMPAIGN IN 1980 AND 1984, BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY. HE, REX EAGAN AND I WERE HONORED TO BE ASKED TO SERVE AS ONE OF THE HOST FOR VICE PRESIDENT BUSH’S INAUGURAL PARTY ON JANUARY 19, 1981, IN DC”Francy Eagan
He was active in Republican groups in the Reagan campaign in 1980 when I was the county chair for President Ronald Reagan in St. Mary’s, and we have worked together in business and politics ever since. Prior to moving to this area, Todd was active on the campaigns of U. S. Rep. Jack Kemp in Buffalo, New York, where he was raised. Todd has accomplished a lot since becoming a commissioner, and I wholeheartedly support him now in his decision to offer his services to the voters in the House of Delegates.”
“I was elected in 1994 as one of the first all-Republican Board of Commissioners in St. Mary’s County, and three of us, myself, Chris Brugman, and Larry Jarboe, were and are committed conservatives. That was the first time that local politics stressed a conservative emphasis on government. When we were sworn in and learned many things about the county government operations that were not functioning openly in terms of the budgeting process and use of funds, we began to apply a watchful eye on all budget items, especially ones in areas where department heads and the administrator could move money around and hide items from view. My husband Rex told me to examine any items listed in the miscellaneous category carefully. It got so bad in discovering things that at one point, we had uncovered more improper conduct of county operations that County Administrator John Kachmar told the county attorney, Doug Durkin, to stop uncovering things; it was a lot of work straightening out messes left behind by prior administrators and boards. There was so much of it; people would be amazed”
“I am very proud that my Board of Commissioners fully funded education every year. Commissioner Larry Jarboe would repeatedly remind the public and others who wanted to pretend that the schools weren’t being given what they needed, but the truth of the matter was that we fully funded them for all four years of our term. We demanded that all county departments wisely request budgets and use money with accountability. We modernized the county government, especially with the information and technology capabilities. Bob Kelly worked with Eagan McAlister before starting with St. Mary’s as the information technology director. Bob is a really sharp guy.”
Commissioner Francy Eagan was instrumental in hiring John Kachmar as county administrator who brought about serious reforms to the backroom dealing of good ole boy government in St. Mary’s County
“Todd won his first term as commissioner after Commissioner Dan Raley ended his three terms, that was in 2010. He has the time to devote to the post of Delegate as he and Eagan McAlister sold out several years ago to a large contractor. I think he will make an effective spokesman for St. Mary’s and Calvert in Annapolis. He believes in conservative values and is an articulate advocate for the needs of the citizens.”
TODD MORGAN IS CONSTITUENT ORIENTED, FAIR AND HONEST POLITICIAN. HE HAS REPRESENTED ST MARY’S COUNTY OFTEN IN ANNAPOLIS AND KNOWS THE MANY INNER WORKINGS OF STATE GOVERNMENT. HE WILL BE A TRUE ASSET TO ST MARY’S COUNTY WHEN ELECTED DELEGATE.FRANCY EAGAN
FRANCY EAGAN WAS COUNTY CHAIRMAN FOR THE RONALD REAGAN FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN IN 1980 AND ELECTED REAGAN DELEGATE TO REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. SHE SERVED WITH GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN’S FATHER, CONGRESSMAN LARRY HOGAN SR, AS DELEGATES TO THE CONVENTION.
“ LARRY HOGAN SR AND I WERE ON THE POWERFUL RULES COMMITTEE AT THE CONVENTION REPRESENTING MARYLAND. (ONLY TWO FROM EACH STATE SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE, ONE WOMAN AND ONE MAN)”Francy Eagan
FRANCY EAGAN SERVED IN PRESIDENT REAGAN’S ADMINISTRATION AS A POLITICAL APPOINTEE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, INTERNATIONAL TRADE.