Howard domestic violence center board to step down

Moves follow criticism from county executive

By Larry Carson

March 21, 2011

The entire governing board of Howard County’s Domestic Violence Center is resigning to make way for a new, county government-selected group of volunteers after several weeks of turmoil, its president said late Monday…

…The agency has come under criticism from Howard County Executive Ken Ulman over the past week. He said the nonprofit has been withholding information about its operations, an issue that came to a head after allegations surfaced that Annie Burton-Byrd, the group’s executive director since Jan. 28, was hired without proper background checks and is on a federal list of persons barred from handling federal funds…

…The private nonprofit group receives public funding and according to its website is the county’s only provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services…

…”I have rarely been this disappointed and upset, and frankly a little emotional about an issue,” Ulman said. “My resolve is stronger now than it has ever been to turn this organization around.”

Ulman told the Columbia Flier last week that he has ordered an audit of the nonprofit and that he is “very disappointed” with the agency’s actions. Both the county and state governments have frozen federal funds for the agency, and Ulman had said the board was not cooperating with county officials.

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