March 17, 2010

Montgomery's inspector general says county officials have interfered

Montgomery County's inspector general said Tuesday that unnamed county officials have withheld information and interfered with several investigations by his office, including some that have proved embarrassing for county government. Inspector General Thomas J. Dagley, meeting with County Council members, cited problems with two cases involving the county's police department and a third looking into payments by the county's Department of Health and Human Services to Centro Familia, a nonprofit that offers services to preschoolers and trains in-home child-care providers.

Dagley, whom the council appointed in 2009 to a second four-year term, said he is worried that his office's ability to make "timely and objective reports" has been harmed. He told a council committee that the problems had intensified in the past year and that as recently as last week, whistleblowers were expressing similar concerns. Montgomery is one of the few local governments in the country with its own inspector general, whose job is to root out waste, fraud and abuse and to audit county spending.

SOURCE: Washington Post

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