Ethics Board has new is­sue

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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