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June 25, 2013

Blusters over Police Contract

Roy Meachum

Frederick News-Post staff writer Patti Borda wrote the story. She reported how city mothers Shelley Aloi and Karen Young had serious objections to the new police contract, based on projected costs – as much as $11.5 million. Ms. Aloi and Ms. Young were voted down.


Ms. Borda named the names but none of the particulars: Aldermen Michael O’Connor, Carroll Krimm and Kelly Russell. It is, after all, an election year; nobody wants the Fraternal of Police union lying in the weeds, ready to spring on his/her political throat.


The usual season of caution applies very much to Mike O’Connor. He had a distinguished broadcast career before launching himself into a politics. His “full-time” job is administering the parochial affairs of St. Catherine Drexel Catholic Church; he may be described as Frederick’s “great Catholic ‘hope’.” He is a Democrat.


Things tend to get trickier in the other majority two. Carol Krimm serves her first term on the board, as a Democrat. There was widespread opinion that she received votes because she was mayoral candidate Galen Clagett’s legislative aide while he was a delegate. She has made all kinds of noises she means to replace him in Annapolis next year. They’re seen as enjoying political hand-washing. It doesn’t help her former boss when she shoves dirt into Ms. Young’s face.


Kelly Russell as a retired city police lieutenant has long enjoyed a reputation as being a strumpet for the department. When she was still on the force, she was absolutely fierce in protecting her superiors, especially Harold Domer. I wrote a column shortly after she was elected to the board:


“As readers remember, I’ve never been a Kelly Russell fan; her reputation among City Hall employees confirms my low opinion,” I wrote. “I’m left to wonder how much the Fraternal Order of Police’s intransigency might derive from the alderman’s bad advice.”


In any event, $11.5 million is a lot of money, particularly in this ambiance. Shelly Aloi brought it first up. The Democratic president pro tem supported her sole Republican colleague. Both have considered the top office. Karen Young has filed for it; her signs appear all over Frederick. Since GOP incumbent mayor has filed for re-election; Ms. Aloi’s ambitions are on hold.


All the aldermen received caustic comments on Friday on the News-Post’s Internet web site.


What another mess!!!!



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