Robert C. Willey
Mayor Robert C. Willey is a life-long resident of Talbot County. Attended schools in Easton and graduated from Easton High School in 1959. In April 1961, started work at then, Waverly Press and employed there for 41 years until retiring in March 2002. Primary responsibilities included book fulfillment, traffic, employee safety, environmental regulations, permits and setting up a worldwide distribution system. Waverly’s distribution systems became more cost efficient and reliable and were later copied by Waverly’s competitors.
Mayor married the former Betsy Lee Thompson from Oxford on September 2, 1961 and raised three children. The immediate family is comprised of our children, a daughter-in-law, four grandchildren and one two great grandchildren. Our oldest son is deceased. Our other son is an Easton High School and Salisbury University graduate and is now self-employed. My daughter, also an Easton High School and Salisbury University graduate is employed by the Federal Government in Virginia. The grand children now attend or are graduates of Chesapeake College, Salisbury University, James Madison or West Virginia University.
Mayor Willey is a member of numerous civic activities. He has been a member of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department for 58 years serving as secretary, treasurer, trustee and fire fighter; member of the Easton Elks Lodge for 56 years; past president Easton Kiwanis Club; past member of the Board of Directors of the Safety Council of Maryland and a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Easton. He has also coached Little League baseball and football for 14 years. President of the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities, 2002; and has served on MML Legislative Committee for 13 years. Inducted into MD Municipal League Hall of Fame in 2012.
Mayor Willey has served the Town of Easton as a council member for six years before becoming Council President for another six years. He was elected in May 2003 as Mayor.
In connection with duties at Waverly Press, then Cadmus, he satisfactorily completed several courses offered by Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Chesapeake College and University of Baltimore.
Member of the Board of Directors, Maryland Municipal League 2007-2008 and 2017-2018. Vice-President of Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities 2007-2008, Past President ESAM. Member of Government Advisory Committee for the Chesapeake Bay Commission for 12 years, MML District 2 Vice President 2017, 2018.
Mayor Robert Willey received the Prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Easton Rotary Club, December 2014.