December 7, 2010

County Seeks New Inspector General

Montgomery County officials are actively searching for a new inspector general, hoping to replace a man who in nearly six years of service frequently sparred with county government leaders.

In one probe, Inspector General Thomas Dagley revealed the police department's failure to charge a former fire official who caused a four-car pile-up after allegedly driving while intoxicated. In another, he revealed police officers left the county force to accept lucrative work elsewhere while collecting hefty disability payments.

Dagley told county officials in August that he wanted to leave by early December, but said Monday that he would stay at least through late January as local leaders look for his replacement. Over the past few years, Dagley accused some county officials of interfering with his work and fought an effort by County Executive Ike Leggett to require the inspector general's office to report to the county executive's office, rather than the county council. SOURCE: Patch

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