Upper Marlboro, MD: Today, the Prince George’s County Council confirmed the nominations of Darrell Mobley as Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T), and Robin Barnes-Shell as Executive Director for the newly created Office of Ethics and Accountability. Mr. Mobley and Ms. Barnes-Shell were subsequently sworn into their positions during a ceremony with County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III in the Office of the County Executive following the hearing. For photos of the swearing-in ceremony please click here.
“DPW&T, and our newly formed Office of Ethics and Accountability are two critical agencies and I am pleased that the County Council has confirmed the appointments of Darrell Mobley and Robin Barnes-Shell to fulfill their respective and important positions,” said County Executive Baker. “They are both experienced leaders, with invaluable skill sets and proven and impressive track records of success. As in the past, I want to thank the Prince George’s County Council for their engagement and collaboration with these appointees and the administration throughout this process.”
Since being named Acting Director of DPW&T, Darrell Mobley handled 22 severe weather activations this winter, introduced new South County fixed route bus service on three separate routes, installed 45 new bus shelters, and developed an ADA accessible, targeted pad and access improvements program at designated stops. Under Mr. Mobley’s leadership, DPW&T asphalt crews resurfaced more than 7 miles of roadway, and laid more than 9,000 tons of asphalt, completed an in-house planning review for TheBus route re-timing for possible system changes on all routes, completed modifications to the Anacostia River Flood Control Levee Systems and repairs to the four flood control pumping stations along the Northeast/Northwest branches of the Anacostia River, and completed replacement of the Baden Naylor Road Bridge, Bock Road Bridge and Montgomery Road improvements. Mr. Mobley also led a Clean Up, Green Up effort that attracted nearly 4,000 volunteers and established DPW&T as the top contributor among all county agencies for the United Way Combined Charities Campaign with $8,300 in contributions.
The newly established Office of Ethics and Accountability provides increased accountability and oversight by identifying fraud, abuse and illegal acts. It also supports the Board of Ethics to exercise its authorities granted to it under the Prince George’s County Code of Ethics to promote the public's trust of County Government and ensure the impartiality of employees and county elected officials in the execution of their duties. Since being named Acting Director, Robin Barnes-Shell has worked diligently to staff, establish practices and protocols, as well as prepare for the launch of an a employee “whistleblower” hotline within to report waste, fraud and abuse to this new office. Per the County Charter, Ms. Barnes-Shell and the Office of Ethics and Accountability will remain independent from the Executive Branch of the County government to ensure objective oversight of the County government.