Ethics ap­point­ment raises con­cerns

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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