Enforcement of Frederick County ethics laws lacking

Subtitle: County has many statutes but goes light on punishing violations
Source: Gazette
Author: Katherine Heerbrandt
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Date Published: 06/21/2012

A Frederick County commissioner can violate a ruling from the county’s Ethics Commission and suffer no more than a fleeting discomfort from an accusatory headline. Unless a majority of fellow commissioners directs the county attorney to take the matter to court, or approves the expense of an outside lawyer, there is little to no punishment for violating the conflict of interest provision in the county’s ethics law.