Did Pack, Cal­la­han, Divilio de­cide on pres­i­dent, VP be­fore vote?

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

I moved to Tal­bot County in Septem­ber of this year and fol­lowed ver y closely the re­cent elec­tion, par­tic­u­larly with re­spect to the Tal­bot County Coun­cil races.

It is a bit of an un­der­state­ment to state that the race was quite con­tro­ver­sial. If the re­cent let­ter to the ed­i­tor from Julie Imirie is an ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the pro­ce­dures fol­lowed to elect the new pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent of the coun­cil, the im­pli­ca­tion is that Messrs. Pack, Cal­la­han and Divilio had de­vel­oped this strat­egy prior to the meet­ing. If true, such an ap­proach runs counter to the tenet of trans­parency and may be in vi­o­la­tion of Mary­land’s Sun­shine Law or Open Meet­ings Law.

I re­searched the Tal­bot County Char­ter and found it was silent with re­spect to pro­ce­dures for se­lect­ing a pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent of the coun­cil. Based on Ms. Imirie’s ac­count, what tran­spired at the coun­cil meet­ing vi­o­lated his­tor­i­cal prece­dent. I am hope­ful that The Star Demo­crat will per­form jour­nal­is­tic due dili­gence and re­quest an ex­pla­na­tion from the afore­men­tioned coun­cil mem­bers.

RONALD GRIF­FIN

McDaniel

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