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Administrative law judge upholds Dyer impeachment

An administrative law judge overseeing the impeachment proceedings of former Howard County Board of Education member Allen Dyer has recommended Dyer be removed from office — two days after Dyer's term ended.

Douglas Koteen, the judge overseeing Dyer's case at the Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley for much of the past year, recommended Wednesday that the state Board of Education uphold the county board's request for removal. The case will now go before the state board, and then the Howard County Circuit Court of Appeals.


In his decision, Koteen said Dyer "repeatedly undermined the collective nature of Board operations and decision-making, ignored positions adopted by the Board, acted individually without authority from the full Board, and demonstrated a lack of respect for student privacy issues and the confidentiality of Board proceedings and materials."

The board voted in June 2011 to request the state board remove Dyer from his seat on charges of misconduct. Elected to the board in 2008, Dyer was repeatedly at odds with the board majority on numerous issues, and lost in the April primary in his bid for re-election.


"(Dyer's) repeated rogue actions made it difficult for the Board to conduct its operations in a fair and orderly manner," Koteen said.

Koteen's 100-page decision continued: "I conclude that (Dyer's) refusal to comply with Board rules and policies, his refusal to comply with positions adopted by the Board, and his insistence on acting without authority of the Board, including with disregard of confidentiality requirements, have rendered (Dyer) unfit to serve as a member of the County Board."

Dyer has said he would appeal any decision by the state board that he should be removed from office.