SALISBURY, MD – Salisbury mayor Jim Ireton has resorted to threats in attempting to get his way from the city’s Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals (HBAA). According to the Daily Times’ Jeremy Cox, Ireton threatened the board members after his administration did not get their way regarding the rubble pile on the site of the old Salisbury Mall:
“I just wanted to let the three of you know your terms are up, and we would like to know whether you would like to be reappointed,” he said.
The HBAA, mockingly called the “Slumlords’ Board” by some, is charged with hearing appeals of city enforcement decisions against city property owners. The members of the quasi-judicial board are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. However, the board (like other quasi-judicial boards such as the Board of Zoning Appeals) is supposed to be independent.
Ireton’s actions threaten the independence of the board and make any rulings in favor of his administration suspect. Why would Ireton do such a thing? Simply, his arrogance knows no bounds. Like his hero Barack Obama, the rule of law means nothing. Results are what matter, and that means Ireton’s way or the highway.