The Post Investigates: Former FBI agent investigating Baltimore County is now a county employee
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 15th March 2021
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Is it just “circumstance” that a federal investigator looking into potential issues in Baltimore County later became an employee of the county? Inquiring minds want to know. (Photo Credits: Baltimore County Government, Urban Milwaukee, Federal Bureau of Investigation)

There’s an old saying that goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

In this case, though, we’re wondering if that should it be changed to, “If you can’t beat them, hire them.”

Folks, we’re just not sure which take on the idiom applies here.

While my memory is not what it used to be due to Parkinson’s Disease, there are still plenty of moments stored in my brain that I can remember very clearly.

This is one of them.

Several years ago, I sat in a room with my attorney and an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), answering questions and providing information about what I saw as shady dealings happening within the Baltimore County government.

The agent, whose name we won’t reveal here, kept pressing and probing me for more information. I answered honestly and detailed a number of instances that, to me and many others, demonstrated that there were some ‘stinky’ things happening in the county.

I remember toward the end of the conversation that the agent promised he was going to clean up the county.

I took him at his word, which—looking back now—was an error on my part.

For years, I waited for a news release from FBI HQ in Washington, DC, showing the agent’s investigation had led to … something. An arrest or arrests? Some formal charges?

Hell, even just an accusation or mention of a formal investigation/inquiry would have been satisfying.

Instead, I just kept waiting while it went nowhere.

And now we believe we know why.

Very recently, The Baltimore Post discovered that the FBI agent I spoke to years ago had left the Bureau. According to an email exchange, he retired from his federal position to take a job within local government.

More specifically, he became a county employee.

And even more specifically, he became a Baltimore County employee, meaning he went to work for the very entity he had been investigating.

In TV police vernacular, “Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.”

Was his joining the workforce of a county he had been investigating just a coincidence? Happenstance? A fluke?

Or was it something much deeper and darker?

Sadly, we may never know.

We reached out to the former-FBI-agent-turned-Baltimore-County-employee via email, but he refused to comment. His exact words were, “I am not authorized to give interviews or to comment on stories.

He referred us to his boss, but she didn’t even bother to reply. Not that we expected her to say much anyway. After all, she wasn’t in the room with us all those years ago when the now former agent promised to clean up the county.

Getting back to the idiom at the beginning of this column, was this a case where the agent saw that he was in a battle he couldn’t win, so he gave up and decided to join the county government that he had been investigating? Or was this a case of the county realizing the only way to get him to stop investigating was to lure him away from the Bureau with a county job?

Just like the agent did years ago, we will keep pressing and probing for answers, but it may turn out to be a fruitless effort … just like his investigation.

No matter which way this unfolds, we see (or rather smell) yet another layer of stink added to an already pungent situation in Baltimore County.

Get out your nose plugs, folks.

 

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