PRINCESS ANNE — The Somerset County Commissioners have a vacancy to fill on the Administrative Charging Committee, a component of the Police Accountability Board, after the resignation of Cindy Powell.
The Police Accountability Board was established in 2022 after the General Assembly repealed the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights and mandated the establishment of oversight boards dominated by civilians.
The Administrative Charging Committee reviews complaints of misconduct by police officers and recommends disciplinary action when warranted. Committee members are required to complete 40 hours of in-person training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy.
The other four members of this Charging Committee are three pastors, Jim Riley, Steve Willing and Charles Bagley, who has 30 years of experience as a correctional officer, and Accountability Board Chair Marty Koerner, a retired State Police commander.
Charging Committee members serve four years, and due to mandated training and additional responsibilities, receive a $3,000 stipend except for the chair who receives $3,500.