The Dernogalizer

March 17, 2010

Prince George’s County Council rejects nominee to lead county planning department

Filed under: environment,MD Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 3:59 pm
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A few weeks ago, I had a post about the controversy surrounding the Prince Georges County Planning Board nomination.  I’m happy to now post that the nominee was unanimously rejected by the County Council.  Below are some excerpts from the Gazette.

“The Prince George’s County Council rejected County Executive Jack B. Johnson’s nominee to lead county planning in a 7-0 vote Tuesday.

After the vote, council members cited concerns about public criticism regarding the nominee, and the nominee’s qualifications and length of service.

The council’s refusal to appoint David J. Byrd, the county’s deputy administrative officer, to lead the county branch of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission came after more than a month of complaints from residents and officials about the timing of the change given upcoming elections.”

“Johnson, who is in his last year as county executive due to term limits, surprised many by nominating Byrd last month to replace county planning director Samuel Parker to the term, which expires in 2013. Johnson has never given a reason for replacing Parker or explained why he is nominating his deputy director to the post.”

“At a hearing March 2, about 115 residents debated the nomination, with many critics saying Johnson should not select the new chairman so close to November elections, when a new county executive will take office.

“I don’t know Mr. Byrd’s qualifications. I don’t know Sam Parker, either,” Pat O’Neal of the Windbrook Civic Association said at the hearing. “But I do know that having the right to do something does not make it the right thing to do.”

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