Jacob C. Shade  
Board of County Commissioners
Title: President
Phone: 301-777-5911


Jacob C. “Jake” Shade, a native of Cumberland, was elected to the Office of Allegany County Commissioner in 2014 for a four-year term. This is the first time Commissioner Shade has served in public office. He is the President of the Board of County Commissioners. 

Commissioner Shade earned a Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland in 2015. He also earned his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Government and Politics, from the University of Maryland in 2013. Commissioner Shade is a 2017 graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a professional development program associated with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. 

He also works in the insurance industry in Cumberland with a life and health license as well as Series 6, 63, and AHIP Medicare certifications. Formerly Commissioner Shade worked in the Maryland General Assembly as a Legislative Director. 

During this term of office Commissioner Shade and his fellow County Commissioners serve on the Allegany County Board of Health and are members of the Cumberland Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF). Commissioner Shade is on the 
Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Inc. Board of Directors and the Allegany County Social Services Board of Directors.  He also serves on the Allegany County Mental Health Advisory Board, the Allegany County Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and is a member of the Cumberland Theatre Board of Directors. 

Commissioner Shade is a member of Queen City AF & AM Masonic Lodge #131 and The Winston Churchill Centre. He is a former member of the Allegany County Republican Central Committee. Commissioner Shade resides in Cumberland.    

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