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