- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is invalidating a political ploy that benefited the former head of the Frederick County government.

He issued an opinion Tuesday that the Board of County Commissioners acted improperly last month when it appointed its Republican president, Blaine Young, to a five-year term as a citizen member of the county planning commission.

Young had recently lost to Democrat Jan Gardner in the election for county executive to lead a new county-council form of government that took over this month. His appointment to the planning commission would have ensured Young’s continued influence in contentious growth issues.

Gansler said Maryland common law generally prohibits a body from appointing one of its own members to a position on another body.

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