Ethics Board has new issue
FROM: MICHAEL W. DUNN RISING SUN
Now that the new county administration has taken office, one of the first official acts by County Executive Alan McCarthy should be to remove Donna Caudell from the Cecil County Ethics Board.
Caudell is the sister of new County Councilwoman Jackie Gregory. It is absolutely inappropriate for the sibling of a local officeholder to be sitting in possible judgment of her relative. Does Caudell plan to recuse herself from any issues involving the council? If so, that creates a situation where the board could be deadlocked on very important decisions. If not, that is even more disturbing as there is a clear conflict of interest.
Cecil County has a bad reputation for “nepotism” and “good ol’ boy” politics and this only serves to confirm it.
Gregory was often fond of pointing out what she perceived to be “cronyism” by past boards and surely this is far worse than that. I’m sure if the situation were reversed, she would be the first one to point it out.
There have to be more qualified and deserving candidates, who aren’t related to county officials, who can serve on this committee. McCarthy should begin his new term on a positive note by doing the right thing and removing Caudell from the Ethics Board.
Michael Dunn is a former Cecil County commissioner.