Baker's "Pledge for Prince George's County," signed by Baker, new council members Mary Lehman (D-1) and Mel Franklin (D-9), and new States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, promised
We Pledge comprehensive ethics reform for all elected officials representing Prince George’s County including every agency head, board member, and appointee; we will not tolerate personal use of your tax dollars.Baker's 30 day plan, published in the Post's Election Guide, included a number of promises. I first reported on the lack of implementation of Baker's plan on January 14, about a week after the end of his first 30 days in office. While a few of the promised actions required action by the Maryland General Assembly, many could be carried out by Baker unilaterally or with the approve of the county council. Since mid-January Baker has done little other than to convene a task force to give himself some excuse for delaying any action.
The Gazette has reported:
In a statement after Johnson's plea, County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) said the county is working to "restore this community's trust."But what has Mr. Backer actually done to restore the community's trust? He's talked a lot, and the press seems to have swallowed his party line, but let's look at the record.
"As unfortunate as the incidents of the past were, we are restoring our reputation as a pre-eminent jurisdiction," Baker wrote in a statement.
Where's Baker's promised Executive Order banning credit cards for elected officials? (30 day plan).
Where's Baker's promised Executive Order prohibiting gifts, meals and beverages for county officials? (30 day plan)
Where's Baker's promised Executive Order and plan for transparent government online? (30 day plan) As I reported earlier, his administration actually took data offline and would not answer questions about it.
Where's Baker's promised Inspector General (30 day plan)
Very little of his 30 day and 100 day plans have actually been implemented even though we're now at about day 160.
And, why has Baker appointed Mark Magaw as Chief of Police?
- Magaw apparently dies NOT live in the county
- Magaw never publicly justified or tried to explain his role in the supervision of the officers who setup Mayor Calvo, violating his civil rights, judging him guilty without basic investigation or trial and murdering his dogs
- Shootings and killing by police officers appear to be up compared to the tenure of Magaw's immediate predecessor, who was fired by Baker
- Magaw returned to regular duty numerous officers accused of brutality or corruption.