The Dorchester Citizens for Better Government group is formed | New
CAMBRIDGE – A group of Dorchester citizens have come together to establish a voting committee that was officially approved on June 4 by the Maryland State Board of Elections. The group is called Dorchester Citizens for Better Government, its mission being to find ways to improve the functioning of the Dorchester County government, which organizers say has shown too many of its flaws and lack of transparency since the election. from 2018.
The initial idea for this effort came from a “Cambridge Matters” report written in February this year questioning some of the actions deemed unusual taken by the county council, including unexplained departures of senior executives such as the director. county and some department heads.
The response to this article was immediate and overwhelming, with many people stepping forward to help and support the effort. As a result, names and contact details were collected and research was carried out to determine next steps. The creation and registration of Dorchester Citizens for Better Government is the first concrete step.
The group will work with lawyers to draft the proposed changes to the county charter, then seek enough signatures from registered voters in the county to petition the charter in the November 2022 ballot. These proposed changes would alter some of the provisions. of the existing charter to improve county government operations through a more detailed county manager position that minimizes the political interference of the county council and its chairman in the day-to-day operations of the county manager and county employees , provides adequate protection for employee positions to prevent them from being subject to the political whims of the elected county council majority, and ensures that future county council meetings will comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act and will be broadcast to the public on the Internet or on county television.
The Citizens of Dorchester for Better Government will be led by Allen Nelson, who grew up in Dorchester County. After graduating from college, he spent 40 years working here in the printing industry with Western Publishing and Cadmus Communications in finance and general business management roles. During this time, he also held executive positions in statewide business organizations and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
After his retirement he became Managing Director of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. Nelson is a Rotarian, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, active with the Cambridge Power Boat Racing Association, and a member of Grace UM Church.
The group’s treasurer is Ted Brooks, who was born and raised here and who is well known in the community as a local CPA and constant volunteer. After graduating from Cambridge High School, he attended the University of Delaware and earned a BS in Accounting. He has been a CPA on the Mid-Shore since 1978 and graduated as a Certified Financial Planner in 1988.
Some of the many committees and boards he has served on include the Dorchester General Hospital Board of Trustees, the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation, the Cambridge Rotary Club, the Cambridge Yacht Club and the Church Methodist Grace United.
The group is in its early stages of developing ideas to strengthen the county charter to ensure better, more organized and efficient government for the citizens and businesses of Dorchester County, which will make the county a nation. even more responsive and economically autonomous. community in which to live and work, organizers said.
For more information on Dorchester Citizens for Better Government, contact Steve Rideout at [email protected]