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Thurmont resident requests ethics inquiry

Chris Patterson

Thurmont resident John Ashbury has filed a request with the chairman of the Thurmont Ethics Commission to conduct an investigation into the overdue utility bills of town Commissioner Wayne Hooper.

Town attorney N. Lynn Board of Board and Borden of Frederick investigated the handling of the overdue bills, which Hooper paid off in June.

Board's investigation said Hooper did not use any influence as a commissioner to keep his electricity from being disconnected. Other residents who owed money to the town did have their utilities disconnected during the same time.

Ashbury said he asked for the investigation because the town's attorney has a conflict of interest; her position could be at risk if she did not return results the town was looking for.

Mayor Martin Burns said Wednesday he had received a resignation request for one member of the Ethics Commission and the town would begin advertising soon for a new member.

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