ELLICOTT CITY, MD – County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Police Accountability Board (PAB) seek applicants interested to serve on the Administrative Charging Committee (ACC). Pursuant to Maryland Annotated Code, Public Safety Art. § 3-104 there shall be an Administrative Charging Committee to serve countywide law enforcement agencies.
Pursuant to state law, the appointing body must invite applications from the public for thirty (30) days prior to making an appointment to the Committee. This period in Howard County will begin August 15, 2022 and it will end September 16, 2022. No appointments will be made before September 20, 2022.
The Administrative Charging Committee shall meet at least once per month, and appointees will be expected to attend all meetings of their respective boards. All citizens interested in volunteering their time should complete the application available on the County’s website and attach a resume. Also, note there is 40-hour training requirement for members of the Charging Committee.
Candidates will be asked to complete a background check and complete a disclosure statement.
The duties of the Administrative Charging Committee are as follows:
- Review the findings of each law enforcement agency's investigation forwarded to the ACC
- Review any relevant information regarding the complaint
- Authorize a police officer to appear before the committee accompanied by a representative to give testimony
- Determine whether a police officer should be administratively charged
- Recommend discipline in accordance with Discipline Matrix
- Issue written findings and provide them to the head of the relevant law enforcement agency
The Administrative Charging Committee is a committee comprised of five members.
- One member is to be the Chair of the Police Accountability Board or his/her designee
- Two members are civilians appointed by the Police Accountability Board
- Two members are civilians appointed by the County Executive
Membership of the Board should reflect the racial, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic and cultural diversity of Howard County. Members must be residents of Howard County. Members will serve staggered terms of one and two years.
For questions and/or more information about this Committee, contact Keyonna Kinsler at 410-313-4305 or email: [email protected]. To learn more about the Police Accountability Board and its function, please visit the PAB website.