Folks, we tried being subtle about Steve Quisenberry, the former FBI agent who promised us he would clean up corruption in Baltimore County only to turn around and take a county paycheck.
Then we got a little more direct when the county council tried to snuff out the Inspector General for doing her job. (And, truthfully, we wondered if that removal would have put Mr. Quisenberry in charge of the OIG.)
And then we got downright pushy when we questioned why it isn’t a conflict of interest to have Mr. Quisenberry on the payroll of the county he was previously investigating.
But we’re done with all that. Now we’re going to be just plain blunt.
As we stated in the headline, we want the real Steve Quisenberry to please stand up.
We told you our story before. The meeting. The binder full of evidence. The promise that wasn’t kept. And now the role as a lackey to those in power in Baltimore County.
Now we’re going to give you the rest of the story. (Credit: Paul Harvey)
Is the real Steve Quisenberry the FBI agent who, in 2004, was seemingly trying to coerce a witness in an investigation? Here’s what The Washington Post said back then:
[Political consultant Julius] Henson said he and the agent, Steven Quisenberry, spoke for perhaps 45 minutes in January 2003. He said Quisenberry’s questions focused so much on Glendening (D) that he was unsure which man was under investigation. Henson testified that when he turned down Quisenberry’s request that he act as an informant, the agent said, “We could help you with your candidates.”
That last line seemed really fishy in this former police officer’s opinion.
We’re also interested in what happened during the court proceeding for former Del. Cheryl D. Glenn of Baltimore City, who pleaded guilty last year to two federal charges stemming from a scheme in which she took $33,750 in bribes in exchange for legislation she introduced and backed in the Maryland General Assembly.
Here’s an interesting tidbit that Maryland Matters shared about Mr. Quisenberry:
But after the proceeding had concluded, the two FBI agents – Special Agent Steven M. Quisenberry and Special Agent Heather H. Grow, both of whom have worked in the agency’s Baltimore Field Office on public corruption cases – embraced Glenn in the courtroom.
Pardon our French, but what the hell was that about???
Embracing a public servant who admitted to taking bribes? Does that seem like someone who is on the side of law and order?
Maybe Mr. Quisenberry developed a soft spot for state politicians after his failed attempts to railroad Ulysses Currie, the late state senator who was accused of accepting bribes from the Shoppers Food Warehouse grocery chain.
Despite Mr. Quisenberry doing his best to secure a conviction, Currie was acquitted because he actually reported all the income received from Shoppers. However, he made a mistake by leaving the money off his financial disclosure forms.
Mr. Quisenberry has been the Deputy Inspector General for Baltimore County since October 2020, according to his LinkedIn page. And in nearly a year on the job, he’s apparently been involved in the investigation of lower level county employees who complained to the county council about being scared for their jobs.
Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, folks. All that did was allow the County Council members to circle the wagons and try to push IG Kelly Madigan out, or severely limit her investigative powers.
And where was Mr. Quisenberry during that whole debacle? Was he waiting quietly in the wings to remove the “Deputy” from his title? Did he stay silent because he really knows where the bodies are buried in Baltimore County?
Or did he choose to not bite the hands that feed him within the county’s true power structure?
We really want to know.
We’ve reached out to Mr. Quisenberry via email, but he refused to answer our questions and instead told us to contact his boss. Frankly, we believe she is more concerned with fighting for her job than giving any information about her deputy.
To that end, we’ll end this column by challenging Mr. Quisenberry to stand up and speak out.
We want him to tell us what happened with his former federal investigation. We want to know what he uncovered about the corruption in Baltimore County. And we think he should tell us what he intends to do as part of the county OIG.
Whenever he’s ready to talk, we’re willing to listen.
You know how to reach us, Steve.