On Tuesday, October 26th, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the formation of an independent Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethics and Accountability.
The Commission will be charged with performing a comprehensive review and evaluation of Baltimore County’s current laws and policies governing public ethics, open government and the Office of Inspector General. County Executive Olszewski said the following in a press release:
“Over the last three years, we’ve made Baltimore County’s government more open, accessible, and transparent than ever before. We also believe we should continue working to create a government that upholds the highest standards of ethics and accountability,” Olszewski said. “I’d like to thank Judge Murphy and all the members of this independent commission for their service as they work to ensure our laws reflect national best practices and identify innovative opportunities to further strengthen our County for years to come.”
Members on the Commission include:
- Judge Joseph Murphy, Chair
- Joanne Antoine, Executive Director, Common Cause Maryland
- Judge Kathleen Cox, Former Baltimore County Circuit Court Administrative Judge
- Thomas X. Glancy, Esq., Member at Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz and President-elect of the Board of Directors for ACLU of Maryland’s Public Justice Center.
- William E. Johnson, Jr., Former Inspector General for the Maryland Department of Human Resources
- Jon Laria, Esq., Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr
- Cindy Leppert, Esq., Chair of Baltimore County’s Ethics Commission