Resignation demand angers Columbia Council members

March 15, 2000|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

Three Columbia Council members expressed outrage yesterday over Columbia Association President Deborah O. McCarty's call for resignation letters from her six vice presidents, and one has requested a special council meeting to discuss the issue before the public.

"I'm appalled and outraged by the actions that have been taken," said Earl Jones, the council representative from Oakland Mills village. "I do not perceive this to be in the best interests of the community at all."

Said Pearl Atkinson-Stewart, the Owen Brown representative: "I just think it's devastating to the corporation."

McCarty, who replaced Padraic M. Kennedy as head of the Columbia Association 19 months ago, ordered all six vice presidents to submit letters of resignation by 5 p.m. last Friday, saying she had questions about their loyalty to her, sources familiar with the situation have said.

McCarty has not responded to repeated inquiries from The Sun since Friday.

It is unclear whether any of the vice presidents has submitted resignation letters, which were provided for each to sign, the sources said. One of them, Shelby A. Tucker King, the Columbia Association general counsel and secretary, no longer works for the association, as of Monday, said Pam Mack, a vice president for community relations. Mack provided no details.

Jones, who has called for an independent audit of some of McCarty's business expenses, requested yesterday that Council Chairman Joseph Merke call immediately for a "special meeting" of the council to discuss the matter. He asked that the meeting be open to the public and that the vice presidents be present.

Merke did not return calls for comment yesterday.

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