Category: Board of Charles County Commissioners

Board Seeks to Quash Subpoenas for Investigation Documents

The Board of Charles County Commissioners’ counsel is seeking to block two subpoenas that would compel attorney Bernadette Sargeant to turn over documents related to her investigation into the events that led to a lawsuit over District 2 Commissioner Thomasina Coates’ (D) authority to vote on the employment contract of

Stewart et al. v Commissioners: Inching Toward the Endgame(s)

The debate over whether District 2 Commissioner Thomasina Coates (D) has the authority to vote on the employment contract of the county administrator given the restrictions that were placed on her three years ago is proceeding along three parallel tracks: in the Appellate Court of Maryland, in the Circuit Court

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.