Patrick S. Vincenti

County Council
Title: Council President
Phone: (410) 638-3525

Patrick S. Vincenti was elected as the Harford County Council President in 2018.  He was also a Council Member for District E, which includes the City of Aberdeen, Churchville and Fountain Green, from 2014-2018.

Pat was raised in Havre de Grace by his mother, Bernadine Vincenti, and his life has always been in Harford County. His early involvement in public service began in 1972 - the same year he graduated from Havre de Grace High School - when he joined the Joseph L. Davis American Legion Ambulance Corps. He was one of the first certified Emergency Medical Technicians in the state of Maryland and remained active for approximately 10 years.

In 1975, he married Jeannie Bishop, also from the Havre de Grace area. He and Jeannie moved to Churchville where they have made a home for nearly forty years as their family expanded to include two daughters, Loren and Patricia, and now five grandchildren.

Pat’s uncle, Jim Hamilton, owned the Bel Air Bakery where Pat worked on weekends when he was still in school, and he continued full-time after graduation. Pat graduated from Havre de Grace High School. Growing up in Havre de Grace and enjoying waterfowling within the small community there, Pat developed an interest in decoy carving. While working at the bakery, Pat was also actively carving decoys in the evenings, thus expanding and sharing his knowledge and passion for contemporary and antique decoys. He apprenticed in the shop of world-renowned carver R. Madison Mitchell and became enduring friends with the Mitchell family and other now-famous carvers.

In 1986, Pat and Jeannie left their full-time jobs and set off in a new direction with Vincenti Decoys. Together they have run this successful business for 28 years. In 1994 they expanded from their Churchville shop and added a retail location in Havre de Grace. Vincenti Decoys is a member of both the Harford County Chamber of Commerce and the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce.

Pat currently serves as President of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and Director of R. Madison Mitchell Endowment Trust. Pat has been a driving force behind the Endowment Trust for the past 21 years, serving as a director and treasurer. Pat has also been an active member of the Board of Directors of the Decoy Museum for 17 years and is currently in his sixth year as President. In the absence of the executive director, Pat along with other board members oversees the daily operations of the Museum, managing its staff and keeping the doors open 360 days each year to visitors from all over the world. The Decoy Museum is currently a popular tourist attraction in Harford County, making this the Decoy Capital of the World.

Pat's reputation as a decoy carver, collector, historian and subject-matter expert extends beyond the local area. He has been featured in several books and publications. ABC Television’s Good Morning America featured Pat and Jeannie on live TV, in their Churchville shop, where they appeared with anchors Joan Lunden and Charlie Gibson. Pat has also been invited to speak publicly and lectured at the Smithsonian Institute on “The Art of Carving Decoys”.

Pat’s commitment to Harford County and the people in the Churchville community is also reflected in the investments that he and Jeannie have made in the lives of other people through the residential rental properties that they own and manage. Because of his knowledge and community involvement, Pat was appointed by the County Executive in 1998 to serve on the Churchville Community Planning Council.

Pat, Jeannie and their daughters graduated from HCPS. Their grandsons Dylan and Jonathan are currently attending Havre de Grace High School and Havre de Grace Middle School, respectively. Jeannie has played an active role in the Parent-Teacher Association and has volunteered her time to support the schools and the educations and extra-curricular activities of their daughters and grandsons in many other ways.

Pat is a strong advocate of our local law enforcement agencies and volunteer fire companies.

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