Although there haven’t been any recent dramatic revelations or plot twists in the legal cases related to the authority of District 2 Commissioner Thomasina Coates (D) to vote on the employment contract of the county administrator, the attorneys for all parties have been keeping busy. Since TLR’s last story on
TLR looks at the newly-released document at the heart of Stewart et al. v Commissioners: the 2020 report of findings by an independent investigator into allegations of improper workplace behavior filed by District 2 Commissioner Thomasina Coates (D) and County Administrator Mark Belton against each other that triggered a legal dispute that has so far cost taxpayers close to half a million dollars.
Two orders handed down Friday morning in the Circuit Court for Charles County represent important developments in the four-month-long case over District 2 Commissioner Thomasina Coates’ (D) authority to vote on the employment contract of the county administrator. TLR will review each order, and its implications for the future of the lawsuit, in separate stories. Today, we look at Judge Leo E. Green’s order to pause the case following last week’s long-anticipated mediation.