St. Mary's commissioners talk police accountability board, cannabis dispensary – SoMdNews.com

By consensus, the St. Mary’s County commissioners gave some direction on a new state-required police accountability board on March 15. 

A public hearing on the establishment of a police accountability board and administrative charging committee was held March 1, but Commissioner John O’Connor (R) said there was quite a bit of misunderstanding by the citizens who spoke.

Creation of the two boards is required by House Bill 670, which was passed last year by the General Assembly. 

“They don’t administer discipline,” O’Connor said of the board, noting it reviews disciplinary actions by the sheriff’s office. However, he noted that the board can refer complaints to the sheriff for investigation. A five-person charging committee would review results of investigations to decide if an officer should be charged or not. 

Under consultation with Sheriff Tim Cameron (R), who is in his final year in office, the commissioners directed deputy county attorney John Houser on some parameters for the police accountability board. 

After some discussion about having between five and nine members on the board, the commissioners settled on nine, although they acknowledged that the board may not always have nine members for various reasons.

They agreed that at least one of the nine members should come from

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