- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 9, 2002

On Wednesday, the D.C. Council unanimously voted "no confidence" in Inspector General Charles C. Maddox, following months of wrangling over whether he is, as mandated by law, a D.C. resident and over his probe into allegations of campaign-finance improprieties by Mayor Anthony Williams and members of the mayor's staff. The council's concerns are entirely warranted.

Mr. Maddox has a residence, a condo, in the District, but he does not reside in the District. Mr. Maddox resides in Prince George's County, where he and his wife have a house and hearth, and where he lays himself to sleep on most nights. Mr. Maddox admitted that under oath Jan. 18 during a council hearing. "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. "The issue is: How many days should I spend in the District?"

Well, no it's not. And Mr. Maddox , who graduated from law school (albeit one that was not accredited), should know better. D.C. law stipulates that, in order to maintain his position as IG, his "regular" and "primary" residence must be within the District's borders. So Mr. Maddox should stop splitting hairs. Furthermore, the law also states that the IG failing to maintain a D.C. residency "shall result in forfeiture of the position." Indeed, once the city's personnel chief rules that Mr. Maddox does not, in fact, reside in the District, Mr. Williams will be free to tell Mr. Maddox adios unless, of course, Mr. Maddox does the honors himself.

However, that won't end the drama stirred up by council member David Catania and others, who are also in hurry-up mode over the allegations of the mayor's fund-raising improprieties, which stemmed from his school-board related campaign in 2000. It appears as though Mr. Williams and some of his minions improperly raised and misspent those funds. Mr. Maddox has yet to reach a conclusion on his investigation, and the council, during this very important election year, can barely wait to hear the details at least that's where they stood prior to Wednesday's vote.

As things now stand, even they as well as the mayor and Mr. Maddox's supporters are doubting the credibility of the Maddox probe. Moreover, Mr. Maddox's legal credentials fall short of the prerequisites for the job. Mr. Maddox said any oversights were not intentional, but council member Jack Evans, who met Thursday with editors and reporters of this newspaper, said, "He should resign immediately." So he should.

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