The bill to establish an independent Inspector General for M-NCPPC and WSSC is long overdue. It was introduced by Del. Ben Kramer (District 19) and was voted out of committee, although three of our representatives, Kumar Barve (District 17), Anne Kaiser (District 14), and Charles Barkley (District 39), voted no and did not want to see it get out of committee.
Recently, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III appointed Ms. M. Andree Green – as the new Director for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). She gas no formal training or professional experience in planning to serve as the director of the Prince George’s County Planning Department. No other jurisdiction in the Washington region has made such a choice, and for good reason: such a decision defies common sense, and it likely contravenes Maryland law.
Attorney M. Andree Green (Checkley), of Upper Marlboro, began her tenure as Planning Director on January 18. She replaces Dr. Fern V. Piret, who retired after serving 26 years in that position. For the past six years, Green worked as the County Attorney for Prince George’s. Before that, she worked for approximately eleven years in the legal department of M-NCPPC, the quasi-independent state agency responsible for planning, zoning, parks, and recreation in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
It is our understanding both agencies are opposed to the new bill which is meant to create an independent Inspector General and they are not interested at some control and transparency. They are working either to kill the bill or water it down. Members of the County Planning Board have stated their difficulty with this effort at transparency, so MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN ANNAPOLIS!
The bill information is here. The bill is MC/PG 110-17.
Please contact your House and Senate representatives and tell them we need a strong independent Inspector General for these agencies and independent audits. At the moment there is no oversight and little transparency at these organizations.
Finally please contact Senator Mike Miller, President of the state senate has the ultimate say on whether a bill passes in the Maryland General assembly or not. He and others as part of the democratic regime in Maryland are in control of many things including the manipulation of the state court system. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find your representative, go here.
Because local government matters too.