Gaithersburg’s whistleblower protection legislation open for public comment -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected on Nov. 28, 2012. An explanation follows.

A public comment period will be held for Gaithersburg’s whistleblower protection legislation. The city’s mayor and council voted unanimously Nov. 19 to open the legislation to public comments for 10 days.

The act provides some protection to those who report illegal or improper behavior in the city’s government, The Gazette previously reported.

“Reports of illegal or improper actions,” the legislation states, “should be made to the Whistleblower Hotline or to the City Attorney.” It also states that city employees and officials are encouraged to report such actions.

The county has similar regulations for whistleblowers, City Attorney Lynn Board said at the Nov. 19 council meeting. The amendment to the city code would create a process for handling reports and appeal procedures, she said.

The legislation will be open for public comment until 5 p.m. on Nov. 29.

According to city documents, the mayor and city council anticipate the adoption of the amendment on Dec. 17.

In a previous version, we incorrected stated that a public hearing would be held. The public hearing was held at City Hall on Nov. 19. The upcoming event is a public comment period.