Jennifer Dougherty has launched an investigation into Frederick's
"Watergate" assessment district monies. The investigation,
or someone, has apparently already found culprit number
one, Gary Hessong, director of Permits and Codes.
what can be gleaned through hearsay, innuendo and conversations
held with hushed overtones in backrooms all over Frederick,
Mr. Hessong was the first to go because he allegedly spoke
untruthfully to Herzonner about his knowledge of the mysteriously
created assessment districts.
Hessong's departure/dismissal was decided eight days after
the story about the assessment districts broke in The Gazette,
which has to be some sort of record in the "I can take care
of things" hall of records. This decision did not sit well,
however, with the "Band of Brothers", (Aldermen Hall, Baldi
and Lenhart). We haven't heard anything from "The Sisters"
seems that the Band felt it necessary to call for a review
of the decision based on alleged information they uncovered
that supposedly proves that what Mr. Hessong told Herzonner
was indeed correct. (Wow, for a new an improved "open government"
we have a lot of alleged's and supposed's going on.)
the Band used Charter methods to call for an executive session
to discuss their findings. One can raise several questions
at this point.
Is Herzonner being so unreasonable that the Band felt
they couldn't just go to her and ask for a meeting?
the Band simply grandstanding, simply for the sake of
getting press for themselves, embarrassing Herzonner and
the Band be behaving this way if we had Hissoner in office,
meantime, we must ask, what is really going on? The quietness
surrounding this has fallen under the aspects of "executive
session" protections, which is all well and good, as this
situation is indeed a personnel issue. Yet, the deafening
silence of it all seems to fly in the face of Herzonner's
promise of a more open and forthcoming administration. The
silence has led many to wonder what has happened and why?
responses of the Band after Monday's executive session left
most stumped. Mr. Hall said nothing, while the other two mumbled
something about, "not necessarily getting what we wanted but
we got something and we talked about it," or something to
that effect. Frankly, their lack of comment has only made
many citizens more confused.
not care about all the gory details of Mr. Hessong's alleged
or real transgressions. Some say we do not need to know everything,
as this is a personnel matter. What we do need to know is
whether Mr. Hessong was corrupt. Corrupt city employees violate
the public trust as much as does a corrupt elected official
and in many cases can do more harm because of their tenure
Matter" has happened in unconventional and mysterious ways
leading many to question what's real and what's not? When
will we be deemed suited to find out?
of the most high profile campaign issues in the recent election
was "open government", does it benefit Herzonner to begin
her term with an investigation/departure/dismissal that is
cloaked in secrecy?
has told us that the "Watergate" investigation is in its infancy.
Let us hope that as we progress through it, we the people
are kept a slight bit more in the loop. After all, $14 million
is a good sum of money to some of us.