County Council, State Delegation, and Register of Wills Call for Sheriff Fitzgerald's Resignation
County Council Statement:
"We are appalled and deeply disturbed by the findings of the investigation into the Howard County Sheriff's Office by the Howard County Office of Human Rights. The report details truly unacceptable and intolerable behavior by Sheriff James Fitzgerald. These findings are especially upsetting at a time when we face a national crisis of confidence in law enforcement's relationship with minority communities.
This investigation concludes that Sheriff Fitzgerald has, through his words and actions, created an environment in the Sheriff's Office where racism, bigotry and intolerance are accepted and promoted.
This behavior fails to honor our values of diversity and acceptance.
These allegations come on the heels of the County Auditor's report of fraudulent misappropriation of County funds by Sheriff Fitzgerald.
Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
In light of these findings and a pattern of inappropriate behavior, we believe that Mr. Fitzgerald no longer has the trust of the people to complete his term. We strongly condemn Sheriff Fitzgerald's words and actions and call on him to resign immediately."