session is to be held on June 1, immediately after the Memorial
Day weekend holiday.
he will seek enactment of five measures to give Council control
of near-term public spending in the wake federal political
corruption charges brought against County Executive Tom Gordon
and Sherry Freebery, the county's chief administrative officer.
proposals, as listed in a prepared statement he issued on May
the county executive's various contingency funds -- totaling
$2.58 million -- effective immediately.
a 30-day freeze on promotions, transfers and terminations within
county government without Council [receiving] notice and
a 90-day restriction on hiring within county government, during
which Country Council will review and approve new hires.
"Require County Council review and approval of all expenditures
exceeding $10,000 for a period of 180 days -- the current limit
"Require stronger notice and review by County Council of outside
statement, Coons called the indictments handed up by a federal
grand jury and announced by U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly
"stunning in [their] scope."
that Council had not acted to stave off abuse, citing a measure
to strengthening the role of the county auditor and hiring "an
independent and effective auditor"; reconstituting and
strengthening the county Ethics Committee; and enactment of a
'whistleblower' ordinance to protect county employees who raise
questions about or make allegations of wrongdoing.
seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run to succeed
Gordon, who is ineligible for re-election. Freebery, who is
Coons's opponent in the primary election campaign leading up to
the nomination, has declared her innocence and said she will
fight what she termed the politically-motivated charges.