- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 6, 2002

The D.C. Council yesterday voted unanimously to express no confidence in Inspector General Charles C. Maddox.
The nonbinding resolution, which passed after weeks of controversy surrounding Mr. Maddox's place of residence, calls for his immediate resignation, or for Mayor Anthony A. Williams to fire him.
Mr. Maddox lacks "the candor, credibility and ability to carry out his duties," said council member Vincent B. Orange Sr., Ward 5 Democrat, as he introduced the emergency measure to the council. Mr. Orange is chairman of the Government Operations Committee, which conducted a hearing into the matter several weeks ago.
Several calls seeking comment from Mr. Maddox at his D.C. office, and his home number in Upper Marlboro were not returned. He has maintained previously, however, that he has done nothing wrong.
Tony Bullock, spokesman for the mayor, said Mr. Williams had no immediate comment on the matter and did not indicate when the issue might be resolved. He said as far as he knows, Mr. Williams and Mr. Maddox did not have any conversations before yesterday's vote as to what might happen if a no-confidence vote was approved.
At issue is whether or not Mr. Maddox maintains his permanent address in the District. Under D.C. law, all senior level D.C. government employees are required to live in the District. Mr. Maddox claims he lives in an apartment in Logan Circle with his oldest son at least part of the week. His wife, however, still lives in Upper Marlboro. He has been seen driving a gold Mercedes-Benz with D.C. plates to St. Paul's Church in Upper Marlboro on the weekends.
"I'm not going to tell you that I spend seven days a week in the District or that I spend seven days in Upper Marlboro," Mr. Maddox, said at last month's hearing. "The issue is how many days should I spend in the District?"
It should be every day, council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, said yesterday.
Reading directly from a Supreme Court decision that specifically addresses the residency issue D.C. v. Murphy Mr. Graham said Mr. Maddox has made no attempt to "abandon the former domicile for an indefinite period of time," and therefore needs to be subject to the same rules he is responsible for enforcing.
"What is good for the goose, is good for the gander," Mr. Graham said.
Council member Sharon Ambrose, Ward 6 Democrat, said "The inspector general, like Caesar's wife, needs to be above reproach."
In recent months, the spotlight has been on Mr. Maddox's investigation into fund-raising activities in the mayor's office. The probe, which began 13 months ago, ultimately will decide whether mayoral aides broke the law by soliciting contributions from nonprofit groups for political activities. Mr. Maddox initially had promised the report would be issued in the fall.
For council member David A. Catania, at-large Republican, this delay, coupled with the questions of residency, makes Mr. Maddox's departure all the more urgent.
This continual "drip, drip, drip is affecting the public's trust in government and it is unacceptable," Mr. Catania said.
Mr. Maddox was hired in 1999. Most council members yesterday praised him personally, giving him high marks for his work as the chief "ethics police." One such example is the recent towing scandal that rocked the city.
The inspector general's office began unraveling the scheme in which police officers and towing companies collaborated to illegally confiscate cars. The result was exorbitant storage fees for victims. The Washington Times first reported Mr. Maddox's findings in August.


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