Monday, February 20, 2012
Steve Fermier and Associated Press
WBAL’s Steve Fermier reports on the no confidence vote in Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County Police sergeants and lieutenants have passed votes of no confidence in their leaders, saying budget cutbacks are hurting their mission.
The county’s Police Lieutenant’s Association and Police Supervisors Association voted Thursday on the resolutions against County Executive John R. Leopold and Police Chief James Teare Sr.
The local unions are coordinating with their national counterparts ahead of the upcoming budget period and contract negotiations with the county.
County spokesman Dave Abrams says all county departments have taken budget hits and pay cuts, but the county is trying to maintain its level of service without layoffs.
Also, later today, a protest is scheduled over an ethnic slur by a member of the County Council during recent voting on a replacement for a councilman who recently was convicted on federal tax evasion charges.
Richard Ladd used the word “gooks” at a meeting on Thursday. The term is a reference used by many American military personnel to talk about the enemy during the Vietnam war days.