Maryland sheriff who allegedly disparaged blacks, Jews won’t resign
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Maryland sheriff who allegedly disparaged blacks, Jews won’t resign

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald, sheriff of Howard County, Maryland (Screenshot from YouTube)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A county sheriff in Maryland accused of making racist and anti-Semitic comments is refusing to resign.

James Fitzgerald, a Democrat who is the elected sheriff in Howard County, a mixed rural-suburban county straddling Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., said at a Sept. 29 news conference that he would not step down.

The county’s Office of Human Rights had compiled a report alleging that Fitzgerald had frequently used the N-word to disparage blacks, referred derisively to women’s bodies and had called a former county executive, Ken Ulman, “little Kenny Jew-boy,” the Washington Post reported. The county executive is equivalent to a mayor.

At the news conference, Fitzgerald referred to the report as “humbling, hurtful and disappointing to all involved,” but did not confirm that he had used the offensive language.

A bipartisan slate of officials has called on Fitzgerald to step down, and current County Executive Allan Kittleman is investigating whether Fitzgerald can be impeached.