WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — Charles Burkett has received a letter from Governor Hogan’s office and will be sworn in to the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
Former Washington County Commissioner Cort Meinelschmidt stepped down after the county ethics commission said he “committed a troubling breach of trust” and took COVID small business relief funds for his own business, Meinelschmidt Distillery.
The commission voted 4-0 to ask for him to resign following this discovery. Meinelschmidt dropped his lawsuit to stay on the commission in early March, and the county’s Republican Executive Committee sent the name of Charles Burkett to Governor Hogan’s office at the end of March.
Burkett likely has a long road ahead of him where he will have to rebuild the trust of the community that was broken by Meinelschmidt’s inappropriate use of county funds, but the chairman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee has faith in Burkett’s abilities.
“We feel that Charlie Burkett will maintain the tenets of small, limited, responsible government. He’s just a good, honest, decent man,” said Jerry DeWolf.
Burkett will be sworn in at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. The event will be live-streamed on the Washington County Republican Central Committee’s Facebook page for the public to view.
This story is developing and will be updated.