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Employees Filed Five Complaints against County Commissioners Since Adoption of Anti-Harassment Policies

Employees of Charles County Government filed five complaints against unidentified members of the Board of County Commissioners in the three years since the board adopted a policy that explicitly forbids discrimination and harassment, TLR has learned. Information obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act request revealed that the claims were

Recapping Recent Developments in Stewart et al. v Commissioners

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

Judge orders key investigation report unsealed

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.

Citing “progress,” parties seek to continue mediation in Stewart et al. v Commissioners

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.

Coates signals intent to withdraw from mediation

District 2 Commissioner Thomasina Coates (D) announced Wednesday that she does not intend to participate in next week’s mediation session in the circuit court case brought against her by two of her colleagues, and instead asked the judge to proceed to a hearing. The surprise announcement came in the form