Monday, February 7, 2011

Hirings and Firings in Howard County

Apparently there is scandal a-brewin’ in and around Howard County government.

I received a copy of a complaint submitted to the Howard County Ethics Commission in January by a recently hired/fired employee of a local business group. A longtime GOP activist, she alleges that she was summarily fired from her job because of pressure imposed upon her bosses by the county’s ruling Democratic establishment.  

In her correspondence to the Commission, the woman states that she ultimately beat out a rival candidate supported by a Howard County Councilman to land a government relations position. This drew phone protests from the Democratic councilman, who accused the woman of being “‘out front’ of several republican (sic) initiatives,” and an even more senior local official. This prompted the woman’s new bosses to canvass members of the county’s legislative delegation for their opinions – something which presumably could have been done before the woman was actually hired. These conversations drew more partisan-based complaints. Consequently, the woman was informed after only five days on the job that she “could not be effective” and should therefore resign.

In her complaint, the woman accuses County officials of using their “Privilege of Office” to interfere with her ability to land private sector employment. “Elected officials have an obligation to the citizens they represent to abstain from improperly using their influence as elected officials to affect employment,” she states.

Let me think. Using someone’s reputed political activities as an alleged reason to fire them from a job. Where have I heard that before?

I hope the local media will be as diligent in investigating this latest allegation as they were in reporting never substantiated complaints that the Ehrlich Administration did it to Democrats years ago.

As for me, I agreed not to use the name of the complainant in this blog. However, I do have a copy of the complaint letter, which I am willing to share with members of the traditional press who want to write about it.

1 comment:

  1. FYI, a total of three local reporters expressed interest in this story and promised to follow up. A pretty good response, I think.