Board appoints ethics panel members

Board appoints ethics panel members


The Board of Education of Charles County in December appointed its ethics panel for a four-year term ending in 2022.

The five-member ethics panel includes James Cornette, Adrienne Morgan Davis, Sandra Gott, Jessie Morris and William F. Olmsted.

Cornette, a resident of La Plata, is a retired Charles County Public Schools administrator who served 49 years as a teacher, coach, vice principal, principal and administrator. He retired from the school system in 2013.

Davis is an attorney. She is a sole practitioner with a law firm located in White Plains. Previously she served on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Ethics Subcommittee and the Fourth Appellate Circuit Character Committee for the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Gott, a resident of Hughesville, is a Research Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General. 

Morris, a resident of Waldorf, has served on the Charles County Board of Education’s ethics panel since 2006. Morris’ previous experience includes serving as a Command Ombudsman for NAVELEXDETPAX and as the Patuxent River NAS/NATC Ombudsman Council President.

Olmsted, a La Plata lawyer, was reappointed to his third term on the ethics panel. He previously served as chairman of the panel.

The Ethics Panel consists of five members. The panel is appointed by the outgoing Board of Education members near the end of their term and serves for four years. The ethics panel interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

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