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Bevins Critical of Proposal to Tighten County Car Rules

The councilwoman said David Marks is proposing changes "he got his hands caught in the cookie jar by lying to his constituents, colleagues and staff."

UPDATED (7:53 a.m.)—A Baltimore County Councilman who called for stricter rules on the use of county vehicles is facing stiff criticism from one of his colleagues.

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, an Oliver Beach Democrat, said Monday night that Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, is only calling for the changes because he was questioned by a reporter for breaking a campaign promise not to take a county vehicle if elected.

"David didn't care about County Council policies on cars until he got his hands caught in the cookie jar by lying to his constituents, colleagues and staff," Bevins said.

Questions about the use of county vehicles by members of the council have intensified since the Feb. 23 arrest of Lutherville Republican Councilman Todd Huff on drunken driving charges while in a county-owned sport utility vehicle.

Marks last week admitted to using a county vehicle for the last few months after promising during the 2010 campaign not avail himself of the perk.

During that interview, Marks said he would like to see the council adopt a rule requiring councilmembers to turn in the keys to their county-owned vehicles when they are involved in an incident such as the one Huff was charged with.

Currently, councilmembers are not required to give up their cars when charged with drunken driving related offenses while operating a county vehicle.

"I think it should be required until the investigation is over and the court case is resolved," Marks said.

Marks said he would also like the council adopt a rule where the cars are not used to transport the members of the council to campaign events.

Bevins, who has been using a county vehicle since being elected to the $54,000 per year job in 2010, said she does not believe the rules need to be changed including the addition of requiring councilmembers to turn in the cars in instances such as the one involving Huff.

Bevins said Huff's decision to voluntarily turn in the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the right thing to do given that he reportedly registered a blood alcohol level of .20—more than twice the legal limit. Marks' proposal to force a councilmember to relinquish a county vehicle should only come into play if the councilmember is convicted, she said.

"You wouldn't want to do that to someone who is found innocent," Bevins said

Note: This post has been updated to clarify Bevins' position on the use of county vehicles when the driver has been involved in a drunken driving related incident. The councilwoman stated during the interview that she supported Councilman Todd Huff's voluntary relinquishing of the car. A proposed requirement for councilmembers to give up cars in such circumstances should only apply if there is a criminal conviction. In general, the first-term councilwoman does not believe the existing rules need to be changed, she said.

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JDStuts March 05, 2013 at 11:26 PM
PB, obviously you are trolling. Marks office never said you had to call for the info and would only provide it if you gave a real name. That "fail safe verification" is so easily defeated you'd have to be a child to propose it. Uff da, I pray you are not another relative.
JDStuts March 05, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Hi Steph! How was school today?
Stan Modjesky March 05, 2013 at 11:30 PM
"FIFA," the fact that you use a screen name says that you are either a coward who cannot stand by his/her opinions, or that you have some personal or pecuniary interest here. "Elderly" is a relative term. FWIW, I am 65 years old. And I did not reach this age by behaving like a jackass.
FIFA March 05, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Stan, you can choose to do your name calling if you so like. It doesn't change the argument. Debate the merits of the argument. You must have led a difficult life. If you are jealous of what someone earns, go do it better and take that job away from them, you'll be hired if your better, if not, you'll be ignored. So enjoy the Patch. Apparently how you reached 65 is for others to decide.
Shafted Citizen March 06, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Cathy Bevins = Worthless political hack
Bryan P. Sears March 06, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone that comments should probably focus more on the actual post and topic and less on individuals with differing opinions especially when that focus turns into name calling on any level. Yes, I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone. So I won't. :-)
Bob Hurley March 06, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Marks is a liar and flip flops like a grounded fish. Gutless!
Bob Hurley March 06, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Marks deceived the voters on the county car and on his excessive support from big money developers. He accepted $120,000 in just two years. This is more than almost every other council member. He is a fake.
Patricia Bentz March 06, 2013 at 01:20 AM
OK. I am regretting getting involved with some narrow minded people. I am not related to David Marks in any way. Bryan Sears - you know perfectly well of my involvement with historic preservation on community issues, of which David has been so supportive. Does everyone think there is always an ulterior motive? I must apologize for my naivetee.
Bob Hurley March 06, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Marks told the voters in the last election that he would not use a county car, would not take developer money, and that he would be a new kind of politician. The facts show that he lied and accepted the car and developer money. Bevins is correct. Marks is a grand stander and liar.
JDStuts March 06, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Umm, considering David Marks is about to destroy the living standards of old neighborhoods in Towson (including those of our children, but apparently they don't count just the Marks little ones matter) you might just be naive. Want to make a difference and prove your chops as a long term activist of historic preservation and community involvement? Post Marks answers to these questions: 1. the estimated profit of the lot sale 2. the impact of noise on West Towson communities and their housing prices 3. the cost of the new fire house 4. the amount left over for A/C in Dumbarton Your big 'supporter' is ignoring the very people whose lives he is about to impact. Help us Patricia! PLEASE! Use your influence and post the financials!
Buck Harmon March 06, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Great posting Stan Modjesky... FIFA has mastered the art of cyber bullying....he will pick at you while walking the fine line that Bryan has drawn with the full intention of pissing you off. Unfortunately this is a common trait of many that post with fake names that tends to cheapen the blog site for all...just a damn shame..
Dennis Gilpin March 06, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Different opinions are always good but they have to be kept in perspective.. Really isn't necessary to degrade anybody to get your point across. Our representatives are supposed to represent us regardless of their party affiliation but this is exactly what drives us apart. Lots of intelligent people here who post good information.Together we can make a difference but being divided accomplishes nothing. If you don't like the way you are being represented vote them out of office,
Bill Howard March 06, 2013 at 03:02 AM
FIFA you do not get to hear this from me that much but YOU ARE SO RIGHT! Ms. Bevins was quick to take all the perks she could get. Unlike David Marks, her campaign was originally filled with enough developer money to choke a dinosaur. She was also aided with more developer money passed on via Jim Smith to side-step the limits and make her even more beholden to her benefactors. Ms. Bevins also has absolutely no class as an elected official. When I served on the Council, I never called the members I disagreed with liars. However, I also recall watching two rape victims testifying in front of her. Ms. Bevins rolled her eyes back and even turned her chair away from these women. How cold and cruel. Again, everyone who ever came to see us in council chambers got my attention. ms. Bevins seems to think she is above that.
Bill Howard March 06, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Well put Michael. I am sure Ms. Bevins expected to take that county car all over her district in 2014 just like so many of them have in the past. Remember how Dennis Rasmussen toured the county in his taxpayer financed Lincoln Town Car? The people noticed and objected. Has the PATCH ever looked at the contract for speed cameras and donations? Ms. Bevins voted to increase speed cameras twice and Mr. Marks voted against them every time. We need to no more about that.
Bill Howard March 06, 2013 at 03:28 AM
@Patch While we are talking perks, there will be a vote coming in the Council to raise salaries. How about we find out what Ms.Bevins and her friends will doing in that vote.
JDStuts March 06, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Anyone else notice that David Marks has gone silent on Patch since the recent unpleasantness of him being called on the carpet?
John March 06, 2013 at 12:15 PM
The average citizen isn't given a car for going to work for their first or second job. So why should politicions!
John March 06, 2013 at 12:52 PM
It's like giving the wolf keys to the chicken coop!
Bob Hurley March 06, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Marks did lie and tried to fool the voters. He said over and over that he would not take a car and even worse would not take developer campaign contributions. He drives a County car and got caught. He took $120,000 of developer money and got caught. He rezoned an historic East Towson community for a bail bondsman and got caught. He lied and got caught.
Shafted Citizen March 06, 2013 at 03:36 PM
"Bob," you lost. Get over it. Marks has down-zoned hundreds of acres and been the outstanding Councilman you never will be.
moe green March 06, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Shill for Jim smith
Momofmany March 06, 2013 at 04:25 PM
STOP...........We elected these people to the council as the voters have spoken we must now live with our choices. The salaries and other perks are little compensation for civic minded men and women whose lives are "refocused" for the 4 yrs. of their term. I suggest you critics see what the "personal" cost is for anyone elected to office. Your life becomes consumed with the meetings="part time" salaries but then it is the constituent services, the endless events, organizational visits, phone calls, it's never ending. So before getting to critical see what it takes to be a legislator. I assure you that those council members who must also work full time are paying the toll with their regular income and not to mention that their family life is totally compromised? How many of those sports events, school events of your own children would you be willing to miss so that you can do a community briefing on sewer enhancements or rezoning? If you don't like the current politics and elected officials then change the landscape in 2014. I doubt that you can or will so be respectful and thankful that we have dedicated individuals (republican or democrat) who are willing to change their lives to represent you and your interests! Thanks to all of our elected officials. Because none of their tenures will change in 2014 I assure you that they are doing great!
willymunchkin March 06, 2013 at 08:13 PM
thank you Momofmany.Well said.When all is said and done,in the final analysis,elected officials will be judged at election time by the voters.Judge by their records,and not by promises made and not kept for good reason.That is the essence of a Democracy.And ,if you are not satisfied by his/her performance in their tenure,actively work to turn them out of office.Or, if you feel strongly,get off the bench,raise the necessary funding to run,and join the battle.A little less criticism,and a little more participation in politics would prove beneficial to those who constantly criticize.,and make" much ado about nothing."
Concerned Citizen March 06, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Kudos to Cathy Bevins for calling Marks what he is... a liar who reneged on a campaign promise. Then tries to cover it up with some more of his worthless ideas because he got caught. Thai is just one of many of Mr. Mark's flip-flops. His word means nothing.
Karl March 07, 2013 at 12:02 AM
The PIA law allows 30 days for compliance. I filed A PIA with David Marks about a year ago. His staff didn't acknowledge receiving my request...Silence. After a couple of weeks passed, I attempted to talk to Marks' staff person. Twice she would not take my calls. Finally, I went to Marks' office and had to wait in the lobby. A half hour later his staff person came out and told me she didn't have to comply with my PIA until 30 days had passed. Then I asked the receptionist if I might speak to the council's attorney. Marks' staffer promptly rushed into the attorneys office. After she spoke with him, the attorney would not see me. I did receive the PIA information a week later. I also learned that Marks' staffer had written to those involved with my PIA request and sent them copies of a letter, a letter which they had denied writing to the councilman. They didn't have to wait 30 days. They didn't even have to ask. Justice delayed is justice denied...Magna Carta
A Robinson March 08, 2013 at 03:01 AM
I agree that Perhaps some changes should be made, . But Mr. Marks should have proposed his so called changes BEFORE he agreed to take the county car...The real issue is Mr. Huff's DUI and Mr. Marks' broken campaign promise. Was Mrs. Bevins critical of the policy changes? Or was she just criticizing Mr. Marks' motive for the proposed changes?
Roger March 09, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Bevins loves her free car on our nickel. She is not serving us - it's self serve eating at the public trough just like a pig. Let all the elected "servants" drive their own cars, keep an IRS log and deduct the mileage off their taxes like real people do for their work. Attacking David Marks is pure hypocrisy. Does she denounce developer money? Does she speak against selling off the Dundalk Center or Towson Fire Station to the developers? No. Does she tell the working class Oliver Beach people about her taking big developer money? No. She's just another self serve indignant "servant". Indignant that some of her her pork is in public. That's what.
james smith April 01, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I have an idea. Instead of bickering about which councilperson is less dishonest, let's vote them ALL out!! If they are an incumbent, vote against them. Forget about party lines; clean up the council!! In addition, we need to demand that they all turn in their county vehicles permanently. Let them use their own cars. If their family needs another car, let them buy a used car. They should be able to swing it on $50,000 per year. Yes, I have been affiliated with one political party for years, but in this council I see no difference between political parties. Both parties and all of the councilpeople stink!!
Lily November 04, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Marks lobbies for Idlewylde at Parkville's expense (both are his constituents) Bryan you want to write about this? http://www.Facebook.com/IdlewyldeLobby

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