Leggett Goes After Waste
Washington Post Staff
Thursday, February 16, 2006; Page GZ02
County executive candidate Isiah Leggett told Clarksburg Civic
Association members last week that if he wins, he will
strengthen the inspector general's office, the agency that
investigates government waste and fraud.
Leggett, who is opposing council member Steven A. Silverman
(D-At Large) for the Democratic nomination, also promised to
give more power to the Office of the People's Counsel, which
helps residents participate in land-use hearings.
Leggett was instrumental in creating both agencies during his
four terms on the County Council. He said he had intended for
the two bodies to have more authority than they have now.
"You're going to have access," Leggett told the small group that
met at the Hyattstown Volunteer Fire Department headquarters in
Clarksburg last Thursday night. "You're going to have a seat at
the table because I want to hear from you. You're going to have
morality and ethics. You're going to have efficiency and
Some of the civic
association members said they had told county officials that
developers in Clarksburg had ignored height and setback
requirements but did not get a response until the issue appeared
in the media.
Leggett didn't place
blame for the Clarksburg controversy. But he did say it
reflected a failure in the system. Leggett promised to listen to
all citizen complaints.
rely on a system in which ordinary citizens have to become
professional civic activists in order for the system to
respond," Leggett said.
said he wants County Council members to decide quickly whether
current Planning Board Chairman Derick P. Berlage will be
appointed to a second term.
Silverman, who chairs the council committee that makes
recommendations on land-use decisions, has also promised to
improve the planning system.
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