Balto. County NAACP branch to retain charter

July 15, 1999|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK -- The Baltimore County branch of the NAACP will not be disbanded but will be taken over by an administrative officer who will set up elections and reorganize branch finances, the organization's national board decided yesterday.

The administrator also must report to the national board twice in the next six months about reforms in the branch.

No date has been set for elections but Nelson B. Rivers III, director of national field operations for the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said they likely will happen "sooner rather than later."

The vote, which came at a board meeting at the national convention of the NAACP, will help settle months of turmoil in the branch and questions about whether to suspend its charter due to mismanagement.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in The Sun about the new president of the Baltimore County branch of the NAACP incorrectly stated how former branch President Patricia Cook-Ferguson left office. While in office, she was banned from running for re-election after national officials ruled that she had not been a dues-paying member since 1997. The Sun regrets the errors.

Problems at the Baltimore County branch surfaced in March when some members questioned whether its president had been a dues-paying member at the time of the November election. The national board ruled that Patricia Cook-Ferguson, a Baltimore County teacher, was not a member and new elections were ordered.

But many stressed that the branch is sorely needed in the county.

Pub Date: 7/15/99

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