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Action-A-Day for 1/10/18: Support Carroll County Enacting a Strong Local Ethics Law

Carroll County residents rightfully expect a transparent, ethically operated local government we can count on to be fair. Elected officials must be committed to service and willing to publicly separate themselves from opportunities to unfairly benefit from their positions.

Unfortunately, the adoption of a strong ethics ordinance that would clearly require greater transparency and fairness has been delayed by Carroll County Commissioners for far too long. The Board will soon enter its eighth consecutive year out of compliance with State ethics requirements for local governments.

In response to calls from VOCAL requesting swift action to pass a more stringent ethics ordinance,   the ethics law is back on the Commissioners' agenda.

WHAT'S NEXT
The Board of County Commissioners is slated to discuss the revised ethics ordinance at their open session this Thursday morning.  The meeting will be streamed live at that link.

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS
Urge the Commissioners to schedule a public hearing on the ethics law.

1.  Attend the Thursday, January 11 open session meeting of Carroll County's Commissioners:
January 11, 2018 at 10 a.m.
County Office Building -- Room 311
225 North Center Street
Westminster

Public comment, discussion and a decision about scheduling a public hearing concerning the ethics law is Item #3 on the agenda:  Request Approval to Proceed to Public Hearing: Chapter 34 ~ Ethics.

VOCAL Carroll County will have members present and will make a statement during the public comment period. Anyone wishing to connect with VOCAL before the open session is welcome to meet up around 9:45 a.m. VOCAL members and others supporting a stronger ethics law will be wearing purple.

Individuals may also make personal comments under three minutes in length during the public comment period. VOCAL encourages Carroll County citizens to attend and speak.

2.  If you are not able to attend, please contact your district representative to indicate your support for scheduling a public hearing.

3. Follow VOCAL’s website or Facebook page for next steps, pending the outcome of the January 11 meeting.

LEARN MORE
Two-page briefing paper from VOCAL on the ethics ordinance issue
https://vocalcarrollcounty.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/vocal_ethicsordinanceproject-flyer.pdf

Related ethics ordinance resources on VOCAL's website
https://vocalcarrollcounty.wordpress.com/resources/

LINKS
Meeting agenda
http://carrollcountymd.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=2407&Inline=True 

Webstream link for the open session
http://carrollcountymd.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2715 

Commissioner contact information
http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/commiss/Meet.aspx 

WHAT IS VOCAL?
VOCAL is an inclusive grassroots group in Carroll County advocating for moral and just principles, policies and officials in local government. Learn more at VOCAL’s website.

 Credit
Image and information for this CTA are from VOCAL.