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Complaint to Charles County Ethics Commission remains idle

La Plata, MD - Regarding a complaint originally filed Oct. 30, some might argue that the past Charles County Commissioners and the Charles County Ethics Commission have had plenty of time to take some form of action. In fact, in that time, the Board of Charles County Commissioners (BOCC) managed to get quite a bit done. From approving a new VanGo Transportation facility, to establishing the Commission of Future Leaders, to approving funding for a new scoreboard and marquee at Blue Crabs Stadium, plenty of things have been completed since the end of October.

The complaint, which was filed by Claude “Bud” Humbert regarding past BOCC President Peter Murphy’s potential misrepresentations and conflicts of interest with the Conservancy of Charles County, has not been formally discussed. This complaint came in light of the board of commissioners' majority voting to move a $6.4 million tract of land, that was originally intended to become the Indian Head Science and Technology Park, into possession of the conservancy. Murphy became the deciding vote on the matter, passing the motion 3-2.

In his complaint, Humbert wrote about how Murphy made misrepresentations such as how he was “not a founding member of the Conservancy of Charles County,” accompanied by misleading statements regarding his relationships with the Conservancy. Back in 2011, Murphy was awarded the conservancy’s Charles County Heritage Award and was acknowledged as “one of the founders of the nonprofit organization in 1996.” Additionally, Humbert spells out in his complaint how Murphy received “significant campaign contributions from individuals who are also part of the Conservancy Board of Directors.”

In an interview with TheBaynet.com, Humbert expressed his frustration over not only the lengthy amount of time it has taken for nothing to happen, but also the problems he faced when initially submitting it. He explained how after originally submitting the complaint, it was returned to him for being submitted on the “wrong form.” After receiving no guidance or support from staff, he explained how he resubmitted his complaint in what he hopes was the correct form that he retrieved online.

Humbert said he hasn’t heard so much as a peep since his submissions, but he is hopeful that the new board will choose to act on the complaint. “[The complaint] is supposed to give the incoming board some ground to start with,” he said.

With the newly elected commissioners finally getting settled in, perhaps there still is hope for some legal resolution in the near future. As for now, there appears to be no action to report.

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