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Delegation rejects gaming commission member's appointment

March 10, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - Citing a possible conflict of interest, the Washington County Delegation has rejected the appointment of a member of the Clear Spring American Legion to the Washington County Gaming Commission.

The Washington County Club Association had nominated John Bumbaugh, a past commander at the Clear Spring Legion, to represent their interests on the Gaming Commission, which gives away money raised by tip jar gambling.

The legion applied for a $5,000 grant from the Gaming Commission, but was denied last month.

Sen. Donald F. Munson said he was concerned about the potential conflict of interest.

Munson, R-Washington, moved to reject Bumbaugh's appointment at a delegation meeting Friday.

"It was just the right thing to do," he said Wednesday.

But Bumbaugh disagreed.

"I don't see how that really holds water," he said.

Bumbaugh said he was led to believe that the appointment would be no problem.

Bumbaugh resigned the post of adjutant at the legion when he submitted his name. Although he was filling in temporarily, he has no vote on the club's executive committee.

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Bumbaugh also serves as vice president of the club association.

While there is no rule that would bar Bumbaugh from serving on the gaming commission, Munson said it's good policy not to appoint people who belong to organizations that may later ask for money.

Club Association President Jack M. Tritsch said he understood the reasoning.

"We were disappointed, but it's one of those things. We're used to these kind of things," he said.

From now on, the delegation will ask that both the club association and the restaurant and beverage association send three names each from which to choose.

The delegation also voted on another Gaming Commission appointment.

Lou Thomas was reappointed as the Washington County Restaurant and Beverage Association's representative.

The delegation is still looking for a replacement for Gaming Commission Chairman Fred Rohrer, who resigned last month.

It's up to Delegation Chairman Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, to nominate someone, he said.

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