On November 27, the Charles County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve Resolution #2012-70. The resolution, which is effective immediately, is a “Code of Civility” that sets forth the manner in which members of the Board of Commissioners – and all boards, committees and commissioners appointed by the Board of Commissioners – should treat one another, staff, constituents, and members of the public. Also, the resolution establishes regulations for those attending public hearings or forums.
The resolution states that civility is “attained through polite action and expression, and it promotes a positive, collegial atmosphere wherein the Board of County Commissioners and each of the appointed boards, committees and commissions may operate effectively for the benefit of the citizens of Charles County.”
“Respect is the foundation of this code, which is a formal guide in board members’ interactions with each other and the community at large,” said Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly. “The intent of the resolution is to promote a positive, collegial atmosphere when conducting county business.”
“This is a commitment by the Board of County Commissioners to express our position in terms of what we perceive to be a standard that is necessary. It is not addressing any particular body, but we deem it necessary to reaffirm our commitment to maintaining order and civility in all public meetings,” said Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3).
“Healthy debate is always encouraged when addressing issues of importance in government but civility and respect should always be incumbent. The intent of this code is meant as a reminder to that principle,” said Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1).
“As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to set a standard for civility for our citizens and ourselves,” said Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2).
“Voting today for the Civility Code is reinforcing my belief in the need for everyone to mutually respect each other and our differences. I believe everyone should treat others as they would like to be treated,” said Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4).
A copy of the resolution will be posted at the entrance to all County Government meeting rooms and on the county’s website (www.CharlesCountyMD.gov). Each County Commissioners, as well as all members of Commissioner-appointed boards, committees and commissions will be required to sign a copy of the resolution, indicating their willingness and commitment to act accordingly at all times.
For more information, contact Ms. Crystal N. Hunt, Public Information Officer, at 301-645-0580 or HuntC@CharlesCounty.org . Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.