About the Commissioners of St. Mary's County
James R. Guy
Mr. James "Randy" Guy is serving his second term as Commissioner President of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County. He was born in Leonardtown, Maryland and graduated with a degree in transportation and traffic management from the Community College of the Air Force.
Mr. Guy worked in his family’s business while growing up in Ridge, Maryland. He joined the Air Force in 1966 and served 26 years as a loadmaster on C-130s and C-141s. His assignments included a tour in Viet Nam, and participation in many operational missions. During his career he was based in the Philippines, bases in North and South Carolina and served as the Air Lift Manager at the Joint Chemical Warfare Test Group in Virginia. He ended his career as the Enlisted Air Crew Manager at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Mr. Guy has also served in many capacities in St. Mary’s County. During a break in service in the early 1970s, Mr. Guy was a deputy sheriff with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department. Following his Air Force career, he returned home and opened a small business, Southern Maryland Pools and Spa, in Hollywood, Maryland. He continued in business for eleven years.
Since his retirement Mr. Guy has been active in local politics. He served on the Central Committee from 1998-2002. He has also served on the Board of Appeals from July 2009 – November 2014.
Mr. Guy is also a very active volunteer in the community. Since 1994 he has been a member of the American Legion, Southern Maryland Post 221, where he has served in many capacities including Post Commander and as a member of the American Legion Executive Committee at the state level. Mr. Guy is also a member of the Leonardtown Lion’s Club.
He lives in Clements with his wife, Carolyn. They have one son, Charles.
Commissioner, First District
Eric Colvin is a first-term commissioner representing District 1. He was born and raised in Leonardtown MD, attending Leonardtown Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bellavance Honors from Salisbury University with dual majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Marketing.
Eric earned a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business.
Eric has worked for several defense contractors in the area. For the last 15 years, Eric has worked as a Financial Analyst at Webster Field, St. Inigoes.
Eric, his wife Joanna, and son Sidney have a small flock of chickens and are hobby beekeepers. They worship at Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene.
Michael L. Hewitt
Commissioner, Second District
Michael L. Hewitt is serving his second term as a Commissioner of St Mary’s County. He represents Commissioner District 2, the Hollywood-Leonardtown area. He was born in Maine and moved with his family to St Mary’s County in 1963. He attended St Michael’s Elementary school in Ridge and later Esperanza Middle school and Great Mills High school. He’s also a graduate of St Mary’s College of Maryland. After college, Mr. Hewitt started working in the family business started by his father in February of 1964. He took over the company Hewitt’s Service Center, located in Lexington Park, after his father’s sudden death in 1981. He continued operating it until January 2017, when he and his wife sold the business and retired.
Mr. Hewitt married his college sweetheart, Elaine Maria Pappas of Baltimore, MD, in 1977, and they currently reside in Hollywood, MD. They have two children, Matthew and Kristina. Matthew is married to Kelsey O’Neill of Philadelphia, PA, and they live in Bel Air, MD, with their three children, Sloan Michelle, Colin Matthew, and Lennon Elaine. Matthew has a Ph.D. in Bio Physics and Physiology and is the Executive Director of Scientific Solutions Cell and Gene Therapy at Charles River Laboratories based in Boston, MA. His daughter Kristina is a Program Manager and works on NAS Patuxent River, MD. She is married to Nathan Thompson, and they have three daughters, Madalynn Rose, Eva Grace, and Charlotte Marie. They also live in Hollywood, MD, with their family dogs, Roxie and Buddy.
Mr. Hewitt has served St Mary’s County residents for two terms as a County Commissioner. His previous public service has included the St Mary’s County Planning Commission (1994-1996), the St Mary’s County Board of Education (1996-2000), and the Board of Education’s Budget Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, Ethics and Health and Human Services Committee. He also served on the St Mary’s County Zoning Board of Appeals from 2000-2006. In 1998 he was appointed to the Maryland Route 235 Focus Group, from 2000-2006 served on the Calvert County Marine Museum Board of Governors in Solomon’s, MD, and from 2011 to 2014, he served on the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Board of Directors. Governor Larry Hogan appointed Mr. Hewitt to the Critical Areas Commission in 2014, where he continues to serve, and to the Patuxent River Commission, where he served from 2014-2018.
Mr. Hewitt’s civic involvement includes membership in the St. Mary’s County BPO Elks Lodge #2092 in Lexington Park, twice as President, three times as Officer of the Year, and twice as Citizen of the Year. He belongs to the Fraternal Order of the Moose Lodge #2393 and Thomas J. Shyrock Masonic Lodge #223 in Hollywood, MD. His family is a member of St John’s Catholic Church in Hollywood, where he serves as an Usher during Sunday Mass.
John E. O'Connor
Commissioner, Third District
John O'Connor is in his second term representing Commissioner District 3 (Charlotte Hall, Mechanicsville, Golden Beach and the Seventh District). He was raised on Long Island, New York, where he was raised in a culture of public service as his family has served the NYPD for several generations. He currently resides in Mechanicsville with his wife Elizabeth and son John Edward II.
Upon graduation from high school, he joined the United States Army and served as a Military Police Officer, earning the rank of Sergeant. He participated in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, and combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. John is a highly decorated veteran, and during his tour in Iraq, he was awarded the Purple Heart and received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device for participation in acts of heroism involving direct conflict with an armed enemy.
O’Connor earned an Associate’s degree from Kaplan University in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from John's Hopkins University. At John’s Hopkins his studies focused on Public Safety Leadership as part of the John’s Hopkins University’s Public Safety Leadership Program.
After completing several years of service in the United States Army, he continued his public service as a police officer in both paid and volunteer positions. O’Connor has served in various capacity such as patrol officer, supervisor, command staff, and Acting Chief of Police. In total he has served in public safety and in public service for over 19 Years.
O’Connor is a Small Business Owner, Distinguished Lifetime Member of the NRA, a private pilot, UAS (Drone) pilot and supporter of civil aviation initiatives. O’Connor continues to be active in groups such as; The Wounded Warrior Project, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2632, American Legion Post 221, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, Thomas J. Shryock Masonic Lodge No. 223 A.F & A.M , Raeford Masonic Lodge No. 306 A.F & A.M, Association of the United States Army, and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 9 as a representative to the State.
O’Connor has served for several years on Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) Board of Trustees as well as a member of LGIT’s Risk Management subcommittee.
Todd B. Morgan
Commissioner, Fourth District
Todd B. Morgan is serving third term as a Commissioner of St. Mary’s County. He moved to St. Mary’s County in 1979 following college graduation. Morgan earned a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from Susquehanna University. He later earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Marshall University.
Mr. Morgan began his career working for a major defense contractor. In 1985 he joined Rex Eagan and John McAllister as their partner at Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc. (EMA). EMA became one of the largest and most successful businesses in Southern Maryland, winning numerous awards and accolades for not only their business but for its support of the community. EMA is now known as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he still works in support of its Patuxent River and Webster Field organizations.
As a parent, teacher and employer, he understands the community’s education needs. Mr. Morgan taught college classes locally for over 20 years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the University of Maryland University College, Charles County Community College (now College of Southern Maryland) and for Embry-Riddle University where he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Mr. Morgan currently serves on the Southern Maryland Tri-County Council. He has served as Chair in 2011-2012, 2014-2015 and 2017-2019. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. He has also served as the President of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance (2004-2010), Vice President of the Historical St. Mary’s City Foundation (1996-2010). He was an Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 413, and a member of the Finance committee at the Church of the Ascension (Lexington Park) and a member of the St. Mary’s Republican Club.
He is a former member of the St. Mary’s County Juvenile Drug Court. He served as chairman of the St. Mary’s County Elected School Board Task Force, was elected to the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee and was a member of the Lexington Park Library Task Force. He has served as a Vestry Member at the Church of the Ascension, as a board member on the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce and on the Wildewood Homeowners Association. He coached four seasons for the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Youth basketball.
Mr. Morgan was chosen as the First Republican Man of the Year in 1989 and is an Eagle Scout. He was awarded the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2012. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Maryland and is a member of Thomas J. Shryock Lodge #223.