Ethics appointment raises concerns
FROM: MICHAEL W. DUNN RISING SUN
I was greatly disturbed to learn Donna Caudell is County Executive Tari Moore’s latest appointment to the Ethics Commission. Ms. Caudell’s sister, Jackie Gregory, is currently running for Cecil County Council. If Gregory is elected, will Ms. Caudell recuse herself on any potential issues concerning her sister or the council? If so, this may deadlock the board from ruling on important matters.
According to the Maryland Campaign Finance Database, Ms. Caudell has financially contributed to County Executive candidate Alan McCarthy. She has also actively campaigned for him in the past. Will she really be able to rule fairly on any issues concerning the executive if McCarthy is elected?
Just three years ago, Moore removed a member of the commission because they lacked “balance and impartiality.” Surely, Ms. Caudell fails to meet the same criteria. She has long been one of the most partisan and divisive voices in county politics.
Do we really want such a person serving on the ethics board? Especially when their appointment raises issues of nepotism as well?
This appointment is coming up for a vote Tuesday night. I would urge County Executive Moore to reconsider and appoint a more responsible person to this very important position.
Michael W. Dunn is a former Cecil County Commissioner.