The Worcester County Commissioners are seeking interest from area residents to serve on three civilian boards being implemented under the Maryland Police Accountability Act. Board members must meet applicable qualifications and will receive mandated training.
- Police Accountability Board – this seven-member board will serve as the overall governing body of the system.
- Charging Committee – this five-member committee will review complaints and investigations of police misconduct, determine whether an officer should be charged with misconduct, and if charged recommend discipline from the State-created matrix.
- Trial Board – this three-member board, to be chaired by a retired or administrative law judge, will conduct hearings if an officer does not accept the disciplinary measures recommended by the Charging Committee.
Effective July 2022 the Maryland Police Accountability Act will replace the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR) as the system for police discipline. The new act replaces the mostly internal discipline system under LEOBR with this multi-tiered system of external civilian boards.
Applications to serve on these boards are available by clicking the Application link below. Send the completed application, along with a letter of interest and a resume outlining any pertinent experience, to PAB@co.worcester.md.us or Worcester County Administration at One West Market Street, Room 1103, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863.