On Wednesday, June 8th, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich nominated nine residents to serve on the County’s inaugural Police Accountability Board (PAB), pending the county council’s approval.
Though it may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, Montgomery’s PAB is appointed entirely by the county executive. County Executive Elrich discussed the internal process for selecting board members in a press release:
‘I am pleased to nominate these nine diverse and qualified candidates to serve on the inaugural Police Accountability Board,’ said County Executive Elrich. ‘We received over 60 applicants for this board, and we appreciate all those who expressed interest in serving. We selected fair-minded residents who believe in procedural justice, and we believe these individuals will bring increased accountability and transparency that will improve our police department and public safety in Montgomery County.’
County Executive Elrich nominated the following residents to the County’s PAB: Bishop Paul Walker (nominated as chair), Alicia Hudson, Kenneth Kellner, George Lluberes, Rudy Logan, Katharine Manning, Alvin McCray, Thomas Williams Jr., and Christopher Zatratz.
Montgomery was one of the first jurisdictions to pass legislation, Bill 49-21E – Police Accountability Board – Administrative Charging Committee – Established, establishing a Police Accountability Board, having done so on May 2nd. All counties must have their police accountability boards established by July 1st, according to the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021.