Thursday, November 30, 2006

Post: County Council can remove Abrams

The County Council has the power to remove Steve Abrams from the county Board of Education, according to the Washington Post.

"While prosecutors are still looking into the merits of the men's charges, some watchers have begun to ask questions about what this incident could mean for Abrams's political future in the county. The 63-year-old is a former Rockville City Council member who has two years left on his school board term representing residents in the Rockville-Potomac district." Reporter Lori Aratani asks, "Could his tenure be cut short because of the alleged assault charges?

"Turns out under state education law, it would be left to the County Council -- not the school board -- to determine. Under the law, the County Council could remove a school board member for four reasons: immorality, misconduct, incompetence or willful neglect of duty. There is a process that must be followed to avoid the arbitrary removal of a public official. The person would have to know what the allegations are and have a chance to respond during a hearing."