Alumni Spotlight

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Commissioner Earl Piner
Town of Elkton Commissioner
 Earl Monroe Piner Sr., 
Class of 1975

 is a Elkton High School graduate, and a former 1st Team All-County basketball player. After high school, Earl continued his basketball career at Wilmington College, later reaching Semi-Pro status in Philadelphia. Earl obtained his AA degree in Business Administration from Cecil College. 

He worked for the A.I. DuPont Company for 20 years and is currently employed with W. L. Gore & Associates. Earl has been a licensed Insurance Agent for 33 years and has served as a Commissioner for the Town of Elkton since June, 2004. Earl has served as an Assistant Basketball coach at Cecil College for 14 years and continues to provide basketball programs and camps throughout Cecil County. In 2015, 

Earl established Piner’s Basic Basketball, in association with Cecil County Public School’s Movers Program, providing an after school mentoring program for middle school students. Earl spent over 17 years coaching Baseball for the Elkton Little League and helped form several AAU basketball teams, and also coached Soccer and Softball.

Earl has been recognized by several organizations for his community service. On October 19, 2006 Earl was recognized by The NAACP for his Civic Contributions and the voluntary service he had afforded to the youth of Cecil County. In 2007 he was presented with the Community Excellence for Minority Achievement Award by Achievement Initiative for Maryland’s Minority Students and the Maryland State Department of Education. Earl was selected as a Community Award recipient in The Maryland State Education Association’s (“ MSEA”) Minority Recognition Awards Program, which is a statewide program through the Maryland State Education Association.

Earl was named Maryland’s Most Beautiful Person in 2002, another award given by the State of Maryland for his many years of volunteering to his community. In addition to his community service listed above, Earl has volunteered his time for a variety of organizations, including previous service on the Cecil County Boys & Girls Club; Elkton Board of Zoning Appeals; The Cecil County Board of Education, where he was recognized for being the only Board of Education member on a Town Council; the Cecil County Board of Ethics; the Minority Student Services Committee for Cecil College; and served as an Advisory Board member at Cecil Bank for 2 years. 

Earl resides in Elkton with his lovely wife of 40 years, Debbie. He and Debbie have 3 children and and 11 grandchildren. Earl enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and his extra time is shared with his Gospel group (The Piner Family Gospel singers). Earl says his purpose in life is to live life to the fullest and share the happiness with others.

Earl plans to continue serving the people of Elkton, providing as much support to the community as possible; as a leader and a citizen. “My goal is to serve my family, friends and all the citizens of Elkton”