Village Board Continues, 2 Members Short
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers has had trouble filling the two spots left vacant after the resignation of two board members over new state disclosure requirements, The Gazette reported.
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers is still down two members since the resignation of Peter Kilborn and Thomas Jackson last month.
Kilborn and Jackson resigned in advance of a state law about to take effect requiring members of municipal councils and boards—and their spouses—to disclose all real property interests, stocks and bonds, regardless of the properties', stocks' or bonds' connection to the village, Patch reported.
"Village leaders have put out a call for volunteers, but many have said they will not serve due to financial disclosure requirements, wrote Board Chair Patricia Baptiste in an email," The Gazette added.
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers consists of seven members, although only four are needed for a quorum.
"...[Those] of us who are continuing, for now, to remain on the Board are extremely concerned about the Village's future ability to attract individuals to run for office," Baptiste wrote in a letter to the village last month.
Chevy Chase Village is working with other Maryland municipalities similarly affected by the new law and with state legislators "to have the law amended to exclude small municipalities from the breadth of the disclosure requirements, and to limit the requested information to companies doing business with the municipality," Baptiste added.
The State Ethics Commission now requires stricter disclosures from all state officials—from the governor to members of small municipal councils. Many small municipalities in Maryland requested—and received—exemption from the requirement, in order to protect the privacy of council members who serve—very often without compensation—small jurisdictions. Chevy Chase Village was not exempted due to the size of its budget, Patch reported.