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County’s Inspector General to Retire, Council Seeks Applicants for Panel to Find Replacement

January 25, 2019

Montgomery County’s Inspector General Edward L. Blansitt, has informed the Council that he intends to retire in July 2019 and the County Council is seeking applicants for the Inspector General Nominating Panel. The three- to five-member nominating panel will review applications for the position of Inspector General and submit a list of at least three qualified candidates to the Council, which will make the appointment. 

   First appointed in 2011 and again in 2017, Blansitt worked to review the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and operations of county government departments and agencies; to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in government activities; and to propose ways to increase the legal, fiscal and ethical accountability of government departments and county-funded agencies. 

   “Edward Blansitt has served Montgomery County and its residents with the highest distinction,” said Council President Nancy Navarro. “In 2011 he was unanimously confirmed by the Council as inspector general because of his extraordinary professional background, including his service as deputy inspector general for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and his professional, level headed approach.”

   “Our county and its residents have been fortunate to have someone with his credentials and professionalism watching over the programs and operations of county government and its outside agencies for nearly eight years,” said Navarro. “He has played a pivotal role in enhancing the productivity, effectiveness and efficiency of county government.  All of us have benefited from the quality and integrity of Mr. Blansitt’s work.”

   Letters of interest, including resumes, must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.

   The Office of the Inspector General was established by law in 1997. The goals of the inspector general are to review the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and operations of County Government and independent County agencies; prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in government activities; and propose ways to increase the legal, fiscal and ethical accountability of County government departments and County-funded agencies.

   “The Council will immediately begin seeking candidates to serve on the Inspector General Nominating Panel,” said Navarro. “This nonpartisan, three- to five-member nominating panel will review applications for the position and submit a list of at least three qualified candidates to the Council, which will ultimately make the appointment. Our goal is to have a new inspector general confirmed to coincide with Mr. Blansitt’s departure.” 

   The nominating panel consists of three to five County residents appointed by the County Council. Members of the nominating panel must not be employed by the County or any independent County agency during their service on the panel.

   County residents who have knowledge of and interest in assuring effective and efficient operations of local government should send a letter of interest with resume to the Council Office.  There is no political affiliation requirement with the position, and it is non-compensated. Letters of interest must be emailed to County.Council@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov or mailed to Council President Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Council, Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland 20850.

 

Photo courtesy Montgomery County.

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