Council ‘Aggressively Investigating’ Problems Within Planning Department, Albornoz Says 

Montgomery County Council President Gabe Albornoz said the council is “aggressively investigating” recent issues surrounding the Planning Department.

Last week, the council disciplined Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson for having a full bar in his Wheaton office and drinking with officials. A couple of days later, WJLA reported that Anderson was accused, via confidential email, of inappropriate workplace behavior. Anderson says the claims are false.

On Friday, the Planning Board fired Gwen Wright, director of the Planning Department. No reason for termination was given in a news release from the department. Wright was quoted in the WJLA news story speaking up for Anderson. Albornoz said Monday that councilmembers have a number of questions regarding Wright’s termination.

The county council had a closed session scheduled at 3 p.m. Monday to discuss “a personnel matter concerning one or more specific appointees, employees, or officials,” according to the agenda.

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