BRENTWOOD, MD, September 15, 2013 — The Town Council of Brentwood could meet as soon as Tuesday to select a replacement for Mayor Bettyjean Bailey-Schmiedigen who resigned on September 11, according to The Gazette newspapers.
The town is struggling with the vacancy which followed several months of dispute between the council and the Mayor over the Brentwood police department.
Bailey-Schmiedigen vocally backed efforts by police officials to rebuild the force, only some council members challenged those actions, saying the police were acting without council approval, The Gazette reported.
The conflict came to a head on September 5, when the council voted to fire officer John O’Connor, hired on August 26 as part of Bailey-Schmiedigen’s efforts to revamp the department.
The Mayor did not attend that meeting. The council terminated O’Connor saying he had violated his charter by purchasing weapons without approval from the council, according to The Gazette.
Police Chief Prue said the Mayor authorized the purchases.
This is the second term for Bailey-Schmiedigen, who previously served as mayor from 1997 to 1999. She resigned in 1999 to move to Florida before returning to the Maryland area.
According to the Brentwood Town Charter, the Town Council must replace the Mayor with another council member. That member will serve as mayor for the remainder of the two year term.
Alternatively, the council could call for new mayoral elections.
This article is based on reporting from The Gazette