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Howard County officials move to oust embattled sheriff

Howard County officials move to oust embattled sheriff

Leaders in Howard County are taking steps to remove embattled Sheriff James Fitzgerald from office after he said Thursday that he won't resign over allegations he used foul and racist language to belittle and threaten employees.

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman asked the county's representatives in Annapolis to investigate whether the General Assembly can impeach Fitzgerald.

"I recognize that impeachment of any elected official is an extreme step, one that should not be taken in haste," Kittleman wrote to lawmakers. "But the offensive actions and behavior documented in [a county human rights investigation] are so grossly contrary to the shared values...

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