Greg L. at BVBL has reached the breaking point with two of PWC’s supervisors, calling for the resignation of Neabsco Dist. Supervisor John Jenkins and Potomac Dist. Supervisor Maureen Caddigan stemming from their use of taxpayer funds to purchase commemorative bricks at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in their own names and those of their spouses.
The more I reflect on this, the more outraged I become. Who would do such a thing in a place that honors the memory and sacrifice of those Marines who honorably served our country, many of whom have given their lives or endured unimaginable hardships?
His outrage is real and justifiable on many levels.
At this point, I believe that the county should be repaid these amounts, plus interest, from these supervisors’ personal funds or campaign accounts for the purchase of these commemorative bricks. If they fail to do the right thing here, then maybe I’ll be joining Greg’s chorus on this.
Furthermore, there should be a full accounting done of all such contributions made by currently sitting supervisors from their discretionary funds dating back to when they first took office to determine what else was done with these funds that constituted personal or political use of taxpayer money. The county should then seek reimbursement for those amounts.
Finally, should circumstances warrant it (and they increasingly appear to do so), a special prosecutor should be appointed to determine whether use of such funds were “related to a public matter” and therefore a permissible use of discretionary funds. This was the standard set back in 2007 when Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert failed in his witch hunt against PWC Chairman Corey Stewart who used discretionary funds to send a mailing to county residents notifying them of a public hearing on the Rule of Law resolution. It would only make sense to do so now where so many things several supervisors have spent taxpayer money on have no apparent relation to “a public matter.”