Mayor Initiates New Era of Ethics

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The last bill Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed as City Council president has become one of her first priorities as mayor — restoring trust in city government. By introducing what she calls “some of the most sweeping ethics legislation in two decades,” Rawlings-Blake said taxpayers can expect their elected officials to be held accountable. She began the process by restructuring the city’s Ethics Board and appointing a new inspector general.

“I am deeply committed to restoring the people’s trust in city government,” the mayor said. “I am very pleased to hire Mr. [David] McClintock as inspector general, charged with delivering a more results-driven approach to investigating potential fraud, waste and abuse.”

Selected after a nationwide search, McClintock began his career as a Baltimore City police officer and later became captain of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, where he gained over 20 years of law enforcement experience. There, he served as staff attorney for the agency's Office of the General Counsel, commander of criminal investigations and commander of the Office of Professional Standards. One of his first tasks as inspector general will be prioritizing areas where the city hopes to maximize fraud, waste and abuse prevention.

“The Inspector General’s Office will be focused on delivering measurable results and will maximize all of its resources, especially in this difficult budget environment,” McClintock said.

Elevation of city ethics comes as Baltimore recuperates from the recent resignation of former mayor Sheila Dixon, who was found guilty of stealing gift cards and lying on financial disclosure forms. As part of her effort to reform city ethics, Rawlings-Blake announced a bill last week that will require city officials who submit financial disclosure information to undergo ethics training. The mayor also forfeited her right to appoint the chairman of the Ethics Board and will hand over that power to board members once the bill is approved.

“The public's trust rests upon the government being openly accountable for its decisions, actions and mistakes,” she stated in her online newsletter, “The Rawlings-Blake Review.” “I believe that by creating a stronger and more independent Ethics Board, and hiring an experienced investigator as Inspector General [David N. McClintock] that we are building a foundation in which the city can realize true ethics reform.”