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Former Baltimore Mayor and retired Prince George’s County Judge to lead County Task Force
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This story comes to us from Scott L. Peterson from the Office of the Prince George's County Executive:

 

Yesterday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and retired Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge William D. Missouri as co-chairs of the Prince George’s County Government Accountability, Compliance, and Integrity (ACI) Task Force.  The ACI Task Force is charged with reviewing current county oversight, researching best practices, and providing specific recommendations to County Executive Baker and the County Council.

 

“It is imperative that Prince George’s County immediately reviews its internal procedures, and that we do so with the right model from the start,” explained County Executive Baker. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Mayor Schmoke and Judge Missouri leading this task force.  Both of these individuals have a wealth of knowledge to offer, as well as impeccable reputations for integrity and character in government.”

“In our commitment to increased transparency in government, this Council strongly supports County Executive Baker’s initiatives to achieve strong ethics and integrity in our government.  We appreciate the willingness of former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and retired Judge William Missouri to lead this significant work,” stated Prince George’s Council Chairwoman, Ingrid Turner. 

Judge Missouri and Former Mayor Schmoke both expressed their eagerness to serve. “As a Prince Georgian I am committed to assisting County Executive Baker as he strives to establish his plan for transparency in the Prince George’s County Government,” Judge Missouri stated.

Former Mayor Schmoke echoed these sentiments: “I am honored to work with the County Executive in fulfilling his promise to the citizens of Prince George’s County to be ‘first in integrity,’” he said.

The Prince George’s County Government ACI Task Force will:

·         Focus on the establishment of an Office of an Inspector General or a similar government “watchdog” position. 

·         Review the Prince George’s County Ethics Board and other existing county oversight mechanisms.

·         Research best practices from other jurisdictions and the federal government.

·         Ensure that current government practices are in compliance with Prince George’s County policies and state laws.  

As it formulates its recommendations for the county, the ACI Task Force will take into account budget constraints as well as the legal authority of any proposed offices. The Task Force will consist of additional four to five members and will commence its work in the near future.

“I look forward to working with this task force to ensure the integrity and accountability of our government,” said County Executive Baker.

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