Thursday, March 02, 2006

Leggett: Some see county government as too good to need an IG

Creation of the Inspector General office in 1997 was a contentious issue, former councilman and current county executive candidate Ike Leggett tells the Gazette.

"People said, ‘We’re Montgomery County. We’re a model of good government,’” says Leggett, who introduced the law establishing the IG office and who now favors strengthening its powers. "I said, 'Well, if it’s a model of success, we have nothing to worry about.' The initial reaction was not warm and fuzzy."