Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey has submitted legislation to make the city’s inspector general independent from the mayor’s office — a move he says is needed to alleviate concerns that the current system protects high-ranking officials.
“The city needs a watchdog and it needs to have real independence and teeth,” Dorsey said. “This is a bill that went through a lot of deliberation to really create independence and autonomy.”
Dorsey’s bill — which has six of 14 other council members signed on as co-sponsors — is a charter amendment, which means voters would have to ratify it in November if it passes.
The proposal would create an independent panel that would hire the...