County Executive Gardner invites residents to serve on ethics task force


FREDERICK, MD – Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner invites county residents to apply to volunteer to serve on a new Ethics Task Force consisting of citizens with an interest or experience in ethics rules and regulations either in the private sector or in government. The task force will review the Frederick County Ethics Ordinance and other related documents and make recommendations on amending the ordinance to the county executive and County Council within 120 days or sooner.

County Executive Gardner said, “Trust in government is fundamental to good government. Elected officials should be held to a high standard of conduct and citizens should be confident that elected officials are making decisions in the best interest of the public good.”

The task force will include at least one member from the County Council and one member from the current Ethics Commission.

Topics of discussion for the task force may include consideration of a code of professional conduct for elected officials, which could be a policy separate from the ethics regulation; strengthening conflict-of-interest provisions to make it clear that county elected officials cannot profit from their positions or do business with the county; the addition of civil and criminal penalties for serious ethics violations, and other related issues such as improving campaign finance provisions.

County Council President Bud Otis commented, “As a past chairman of the Frederick County Ethics Commission, I consider high ethical standards to be a requirement for those who serve as elected officials for Frederick County. I support the creation of an Ethics Task Force to review and strengthen our current Ethics Ordinance.”

Recommendations from the task force will be sent to the state ethics commission for comment prior to drafting a new local ordinance.

Creation of an independent ethics task force and review of the county Ethics Ordinance is one of the top priorities for County Executive Gardner, who pledged during her campaign to restore citizen trust in local government through transparency and the review of ethics laws.

Persons who wish to serve on the task force must be residents of Frederick County and registered voters.

Individuals interested in applying are to submit a letter of interest and a resume by regular mail to Administrative Officer Joyce Grossnickle, Office of the County Executive, Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701, or via e-mail to

Letters of interest must include current contact information such as home, work and cell telephone numbers, home mailing address and e-mail address.

The deadline date to apply is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015.

For additional information, contact Mrs. Grossnickle at 301-600-1102.

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