October 3, 2016 10:21 am ET
County maintains radio silence regarding ethics investigations
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As a police officer, I was taught to never go into a courtroom before I had all of my ducks in a row; otherwise, the defense attorney would make me look like a “quack.”
Cops call it “PC” (but not the type of PC that is destroying the very fabric of this nation)—rather, the acronym referred to the probable cause needed to make a case.
With all of that said, let’s get to the particular case at hand, for which we will put that PC together and let the jury deicide.
Oh, by the way, you readers will serve as the jury because you hold the power to force accountability from those who think they control the power.
This case deals with the recent ethics complaint filed against Dr. Dallas Dance back in May; specifically, why said complaint is still sitting on a shelf.
I started doing some checking with my sources and found out some interesting things. As always, I go right to the horse’s mouth (i.e., the proper authorities) and try to get a straight answer.
As many of you who read this column already know, that gets me nowhere.
I might as well be talking to a wall.
Then again, BCPS is a wall of sorts—a “stone wall” of silence covered in abstract harebrained ideas rooted in a false ideologues known as a superintendent who is backed up by left-wing liberals who have no clue about the real world.
Remember STAT? Here is what Time thinks about that and that is our tax dollars.
More on that in part II.
Remember this article way back in May that I wrote? It dealt with the same ethics complaint filed against Dr. Dance.
Well, after I read this rather scathing editorial in the Sun attacking a couple of board members because they seem to understand the “dollars and SENSE” of some perplexing issues, I decided to put my training both in police work and journalism to good work and came up with some of the good type of PC I referred to at the beginning of this column.
When one has worked in county government as long as I did, one can tell when a pin drops in the county because there are a lot of people out there like me that don’t like the direction the county school system is taking. To that effect, I have published letters from concerned parents like this one that drew 1.7K shares.
So I hit the streets, pounded the pavement, and came up with some well-connected dots by the same lame cast of characters that loves to dish out the punishment but can never be found to back up their mouths’ movements.
In other words, they talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk.
I want you to take a look at these emails that came to me and then look at the date of the editorial piece in the Sun. Please read them in order so that the dots begin to come into focus regarding the attempt to discredit the more sensible voices on the school board.
The list of emails is too long to publish all of them, but here is one that sets the tone for the rest:
From: Yolanda Winkler
Sent Tuesday, June 30, 2015 4:17 PM
To: County Executive; Don Mohler; Kevin Loeb Subject: RE: ROE – Balto County
Just spoke with Nick. He was very surprised that he received the appointment. He did not know Kasemeyer was recommending him. Nick indicated that when Kasemeyer and he last talked, Kasemeyer was considering him for the Board. Nick is still a Dern [sic] and indicated he would like to be helpful.
From: County Executive
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:35 PM
To: Don Mohler; Yolanda Winkler; Kevin Loeb Subject: RE: BOE Balto County
Ann miller is rabid republican
Original message —
From: Don Mohler <dmohlerfastaltimorecountyrnd.uov>
Date: 0613012015 12:24 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Yolanda Winkler <ywinkler,a baltimorceountvmd,ga>, County Executive
<c1 rei’.haitinal.virsi.ggx>, Kevin Loeb <jdoebtiliv4timDrccounrvind.gov>. Don Mohler <dmohlerlithalticnorecountvmd.goN>
Subject: RE: BOB – Balto County
We can only hope so-1 really like Nick and I am glad that you know June.
After reading the emails and the Sun’s editorial, one has to wonder about the dots between the two.
Here is a quote from the editorial that requires an answer from yours truly:
… it appeared that surely he (Dr. Dance) had been arrested for a serious crime and they (Miller and Causey) had been assigned his prosecutors.
Let’s address that issue.
Back in May, another ethics complaint was filed against Dr. Dance. I kept track and, like a scout who sees tracks disappear, I sought the help of a professional tracker.
What I found out was this.
An outside attorney was brought in to conduct the investigation and present the findings to the county board of ethics.
As I always do, I sought verification of this information. I tried using two different methods. This was the first attempt:
BCPS Ethics Commission:
(For the record)
I am writing this email to inquire about the current status of the ethics complaint filed against Dr. Dallas Dance.
Below is a column I wrote about the issue:
If there was a resolution can you provide any evidence relating to the dissemination of this information i.e. press release or posting on the BCPS website.
It is perplexing as to the delay of reaching any resolution to this matter since it’s my understanding that this investigation was handled by an outside independent source.
Thank you for your anticipated prompt reply to this matter.
The response was shocking—there was no response. (Okay, so maybe that isn’t shocking to anyone who has read this column before…)
Then I tried this route:
Mr. Mychael Dickerson:
It’s my understanding that the ethics complaint filed back in May regarding Dr. Dance has not been addressed. I was also advised that an outside attorney investigated this issue and turned over his findings to the BCPS Ethics Commission.
Can you confirm any of this? Is the ethics issue still active and was there a press-release issued on this matter?
I am writing a column on this matter and will publish tomorrow.
I had previously sent an email to BCPS and did not receive a response.
Again, no response.
What are we to think, folks?
I know what I think.
But that is going to have to wait. There is more information to deliver on this issue than I can fit into one column, so there will be a powerful part II.
Coming up, we’ll take a look at the latest test scores in Baltimore County and the impact of Dr. Dance’s vaulted STAT program. We’ll see what some of the experts call a complete hoax, along with some associations between certain company associates and Dr. Dance that certainly raise some interesting questions.
With that said, stayed tuned or be tuned out.