At present, the council says it will reconsider this proposal after more discussion
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) – On Tuesday, Frederick County Council discussed overhauling its board of health to include more medical professionals and fewer elected officials to allow more effective political decision-making .
Currently, the board of health consists of the county executive, council members and the county health officer who is the only health professional on the council. Council members Jerry Donald (D) and Kai Hagen (D) sponsored the bill.
They propose that the board of directors consist of the health officer and 12 members, including 4 appointed health professionals.
“We’re talking about people with expertise in these areas who are willing and willing, and approved by the board,” Hagen said. “And, hopefully, would have a combination of different types of relevant science-related expertise.”
Some concerns have been raised about the board’s lack of a majority vote, the membership verification process and board size, and the lack of accountability of unelected officials.
“I think we need to be responsive and an unelected board… who knows what it would do? Dacey said. “But my fear is that the lack of accountability to the public and specific expertise in this area would somehow isolate them from their own opinions.”
At present, the council has announced that it will reconsider this proposal after more discussion.