Prince George's County Executive Lawrence J. Hogan has no intention of submitting to the scrutiny of the county Board of Ethnics, an aide said yesterday.
For one thing, said Jim Threatte, there is no county Board of Ethics, because the terms of its members have expired and Hogan has failed to appoint replacements.
For another, Threatte said, Hogan's controversial approval of a loan for a firm represented by his wife has already been referred to the county attorney for an opinion, and "we will wait for the review."
The Maryland Industrial Financing Authority asked for the legal opinion Thursday after approving a statebacked low-interest loan of $1.7 million for District Moving and Storage, Inc., a Bladensburg firm. Hogan approved the loan even though his wife Ilona regularly represents District Moving in legal matters.
The county council voted to ask Hogan to have the ethics board study the loan Thursday night following disclosures that Ilona Hogan represented the company in initial negotiations with the state financing authority, which sponsors low-interest loans to businesses supported by local governments.
Ilona Hogan said she withdrew from the case when she learned that the loan would have to be approved by her husband. Her husband has denied any wrongdoing.
Council members said they hoped that the ethics board appointed by Hogan's predecessor could study the matter.
Threatte said, however, that such a review would violate the county charter.
Threatte said that under the county charter, the terms of board members expire on the election of a new county executive.Hogan took office last December.