MEMBERS PRESENT: Rev. Robert Charles Buehler, Chairman, Stephen P. Fitzgerald, Esq., Vice Chairman, Mary “Cathy” Warfield, and William Purnell, Alternate
OTHERS PRESENT: Samuel Steelman, Independent Counsel & Gina Markovich, Clerk
CALL TO ORDER FOR CLOSED SESSION: The meeting was called to order by Rev. Robert Charles Buehler at 5:31 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of September 25, 2013: Stephen Fitzgerald made a motion to accept the minutes as written. Motion was seconded by Cathy Warfield and carried.
NEW BUSINESS: Introduction of new member, Mr. William Purnell. Mr. Purnell was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve as our alternate. Mr. Purnell introduced himself and the Commission welcomed him.
The Clerk reported that the Commission received a letter from Shannon Houston-Smack, Board of Appeals Member and she was disclosing that she was employed with the National Association of Counties. The Commission requested that the Clerk write back stating that the Commission found that there was no conflict and they thank her for her disclosure.
The Clerk reported that we received an opinion from The Honorable Dwight Jackson regarding Cheryl Thomas vs. Ethics Commission for Charles County, CV 12-996. The opinion dismissed Ms. Thomas’ appeal.
OLD BUSINESS: Stephen Fitzgerald made a motion to go into closed session to discuss new business, motion was seconded by Cathy Warfield and unanimously carried, the Commission went into closed session at 5:50 p.m. in accordance with State Government Article §10-508(a)(1) to discuss (i) The appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction; or (ii) Any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals.
The meeting re-opened at 7:23 p.m.
Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Ethics Commission will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles County Attorney Conference Room, Government Building and on Saturday, December 7, 2013 to review Financial Disclosure Forms in the Charles County Attorney Conference Room, Government Building.
ADJOURNMENT: With no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.
Gina M. Markovich, Clerk