Elections Board: Council Should Handle Kirby Residency Question
The Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections said they are not the correct body to address growing questions about Kirby's legitimacy as an alderman.
The Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections said it is not their place to address residency questions surrounding Alderman Kenneth Kirby.
The board met Wednesday evening to address two letters questioning Kirby’s residency and calling for his removal. Both letters, one from former alderwoman Julie Stankivic and another from resident Wayne Adamson, were sent to Mayor Josh Cohen.
“As the former alderman of Ward 6, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that the Charter of the City of Annapolis is enforced and that the residents of Ward 6, including myself, are properly represented on the Council and are not disenfranchised,” Stankivic wrote in her letter.
She also called for Cohen to declare a vacancy for Ward 6.
Board Chairman Mike Parmele said the board called the meeting to respond to the letters and to hear comments from the public.
“But there being no pending primary or election in the city of Annapolis, the Board of Supervisors of Elections is not the appropriate body to investigate or make a determination of a sitting alderman’s qualifications to serve,” Parmele said.
He referenced the city charter—specifically Article IV, Section 6—saying the city council should be the body to judge the election and qualification of its members.
Kirby, who sat in the audience during the hearing, had no comment on the decision.
Cohen was unavailable for comment.
Kirby’s residence in Ward 6 has been in question since early January after city police found him living in public housing during a raid of suspected drug activity.
Police said he was not doing anything illegal. The unit was not his listed permanent address.
Cohen also has asked City Attorney Karen Hardwick to look into the issue.
The City Council plans to meet in a closed session at 6 p.m. Monday. According to an email from the city, the session is to allow the council to get legal advice pertaining to collective bargaining negotiations, as well as “the law as it relates to residency of elected city officials.”