PERRY HALL, MD— Baltimore County Councilman David Marks has introduced legislation to designate the Office of Ethics and Accountability as the Office of the Inspector General, as well as amend the title of Executive Director to Inspector General.
The bill would change the name of the Office of Ethics and Accountability, the organization responsible for identifying fraud, abuse, and illegal acts in the county government. In addition to renaming the office itself, the Executive Director will be given the title of Inspector General.
The individual holding this position must be professionally qualified, by experience or education, in auditing, law, ethics, compliance, government operations, or financial management, and shall be selected solely on the basis of professional ability and personal integrity, without regard to political affiliation.
“When I worked in the federal government, I saw firsthand the importance of having an Inspector General in each department,” said Councilman Marks. “I was pleased to support the creation of the Office of Ethics and Accountability in Baltimore County, and believe it should be redesignated as the Office of the Inspector General.”
The legislation will be voted on in August and the act will take effect 45 days after its enactment.
The bill can be viewed below.