Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Duncan creates ombudsman for Clarksburg

Montgomery County Executive and Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan has created an ombudsman to deal with the Clarksburg scandal and named a former planning director to the post.

The move sets a precedent for the Kendale scandal, which School Board member Valerie Ervin says could become "worse" than Clarksburg.

According to the Washington Post, "Duncan promised last year to create the post after lax county enforcement of building plans was discovered at Clarksburg Town Center, a community of 1,300 homes rising northeast of Germantown."

"I hope to be a conduit for the community and help them get the community they had expected to get," says Jennifer Russel, the former Gaithersburg planning director appointed to the post.