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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Prince George's ethics panel to meet Jan. 29

By Miranda Spivack

A panel examining ways to strengthen ethics in Prince George's government will hold its first meeting Jan. 29.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Prince George's Community College's Largo Student center, second floor, in Community Room B.

The Accountability, Compliance and Integrity Advisory Board, chaired by former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke (D), will examine current county practices for overseeing ethics in government and will research others. One of the panel's key tasks will be to determine whether the county needs an independent inspector general's office, which County Executive Rushern L Baker III (D) said during his campaign he wanted to create.

Other members named by Baker to the panel are: Patricia G. Adams of Annapolis, an attorney and member of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission; Linda Botts, owner of ASHLIN, a Greenbelt-based management company and a top aide to former County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D); and former county council chairman Peter Shapiro (D) of Hyattsville, founder and director of the Chesapeake Center for Public Leadership. Retired Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge William D. Missouri is vice chairman.

The panel's first session had been planned for Jan. 12 but was canceled due to bad weather.

By Miranda Spivack  | January 20, 2011; 3:40 PM ET
Tags:  Prince George's County; Prince George's ethics; Rushern L. Baker III; Kurt Schmoke; William D. Missouri; Patricia G. Adams; Linda Botts; Peter Shapiro;  
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All Prince Is Gorgeous County needs now, on the Path to Greatness, is a corrupt inspector general.


Posted by: polecatx1 | January 20, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Would someone study why I am so bi-polar and ugly and teach dumb stuff to kids in
PG Schools?

Posted by: TheresaDudleyFat | January 20, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

PG has an "ethics panel?!" Who's on it, Jack Johnson?

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 21, 2011 4:42 AM | Report abuse

Good MOrning:

I'm curious as to why the County Executive felt it necessary to bring in personnel from outside of the county (ie. the former mayor of Baltimore - Kurt L. Schmoke and Patricia G. Adams)? Sir, to me this sends a message loud and clearly to Prince George's County residents that you REALLY do not feel and have NO FAITH that there are educated, qualified and/or non corrupt individuals within this county who c/would be able to step up to the panel table and offer anything insightful or solution-worthy.

I'm also curious as to the meeting location - right in the seat of the bane and embarrassment of PG's existence - an educational environment. Why not while you are meeting, come up with some strategies and ethics on how to deal with Prince George's County's education. We are CONSTANTLY at the bottom of the statistics when it comes to standardized testing. Do you think it could be because of (a) overcrowding - take a look at Bowie High School - the only school in Bowie (oh did I forget to mention Bowie is comprised of four (4) zip codes - do the math there for population explosion with one high school), (b) politicians constantly stating that they will do "SOMETHING" to increase the budget for schools including more MONIES for the most UNDERPAID individuals - teachers and then the MINUTE they are elected, reneging and suddenly redirecting said monies (or stating that there are no monies for activities or the schools) - cutting, heck SLASHING, the school budget for their OWN hidden agendas or for those who have HEAVILY invested in their campaign.

I say all that to state this, I do hope that those who have been "invited" to this panel meeting truly think/talk about and come up with REAL solutions for what is ETHICALLY, socially, and physically AILING Prince George's County and not waste taxpayers monies just for a social hour of a lot of "Pomp and Circumstance".

Posted by: cain_is_abel | January 21, 2011 7:40 AM | Report abuse

That's just what we need in Prince George's County, former politicians and politically connected people to study the ethical conduct of their friends, colleagues and campaign contributors. I acn't help but note that conspicuous by their absence are regular taxpaying citizens. Come Mr. Baker getting serious about the issue of ethics will require more than window dressing.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 21, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree. This panel should consist of the taxpaying citizens of PG County. None of them should be politicians/former politicians, or former public officials. The past has taught us that they know NOTHING about ethics.

Posted by: CalmTruth | January 21, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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