A judge ruled today that a portion blacked out in Frederick Community College's settlement agreement with former President Frederico "F.J." Talley is not a personnel record and should be made public.

The college, however, is considering appealing the decision. The record will remain sealed pending appeal, Frederick County Circuit Court Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. said.

Talley left the school after a closed session with its board of trustees Jan. 3. FCC and Talley announced the finalization of that parting of company Feb. 14 in a joint statement in which both sides cited differences in vision and philosophy. Neither Talley nor the school and its board have offered further details.

The Frederick News-Post filed suit against the school after it refused to release or acknowledge the existence of a settlement with Talley after a request for the information filed with FCC on Feb. 19 under the Public Information Act.

The newspaper received a redacted version of the settlement agreement last Wednesday, May 15. In it, the college agreed to pay Talley for six months after his resignation. The school also gave him an unsigned letter of recommendation.

On Thursday, attorneys for The News-Post argued that two redacted portions of the settlement should also be made available to the public. Dwyer said on the bench that he could not construe one of the redacted portions to fit any definition of a personnel record “whatsoever.”

Whether the other redacted portion was a personnel record was less clear, but should ultimately be public, Dwyer ruled.

William A. Goldberg, the attorney for the college, said he was considering whether to file an appeal. He had no further comment outside the courtroom.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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I agree. It should have been a non-issue from the absolute very beginning!


This is a non issue to those who respect the privacy of others....


Ok, if they already know it was because of "philosophical differences," then why all the hubaloo from the liberal buttinskys?? Why all the questions if they already have the answer and know that it's because of "philosophical differences?? That leaves only one item, then. They want to CONTINUE to make an issue for the sake of making an issue simply because he was black. If he was white, no one would even ask!! Another grand case of Maryland hypocritical reverse discrimination and lies!!

Meant to type "absolutely" .


No his color doesn't matter. It was some philosophical difference remember? They didn't know what color he was when they hired him?

The judge says show the paper. The majority of the citizens in this County couldn't afford to appeal a decision ourselves so why should the College waste more of our tax money on an appeal. I am proud to wear the label "liberal buttinsky." Show the paper.


Exactly watson4sherlock! Why would his color even matter!? Apparently, it DOES matter to Maryland and every other liberal buttinsky that just wants to make an issue for the sake of making an issue. If he was white, then his color really wouldn't matter, AT ALL! We wouldn't even be talking about it right now. I was born in Maryland, I've lived in Maryland all my life and I've seen this kind of reverse discrimination go one for decades on top of decades on top of decades. So no one is going to tell me "that ain't true," or "it's only an isolated incident," blah blah yadda yadda! To quote some people, "ain't nobody gonna tell me jack!!" I've been there and have seen it too much!

[thumbup] So true. Montgomery College is absolutetly race/diversity obsessed; it is all they talk about. There is scant talk of academic excellence, which once set them apart from so many other community colleges, and even State schools. Just one more thing circling the drain in MD, and all too common these days.


Congratulations -- and the heartfelt thanks of the public -- are in order to the Frederick News-Post!

If a governmental entity isn't at odds with the press, then the press isn't doing its job.

Well done!


I wish these judges would shut the ^%$%^ up! If this was a white dude, we wouldn't still be talking about this, AT ALL!! I'm tired of Maryland's lies about compassion and tolerance and liberal equal this and equal that and yet still blatantly shows reverse discrimination all the time!!
P.S. I put in the censored symbols above. Just wanted to let ya know.


Didn't they spend almost $40,000 to recruit a new president and the left after 6 months? Why would his color even matter?


"William A. Goldberg, the attorney for the college, said he plans to file an appeal. He had no further comment outside the courtroom."

So how many faculty are they going to have to let go to pay the legal bills? Is this money well spent?


Interesting. Even though the judge was pretty clear that at least one of the two redacted portions does not even remotely fit within the framework of personnel records, the later is going to appeal. My question: is he doing this at the behest of the College, or to fatten his invoice that is billed at the end of all this?


More gossip.Why?


Because FCC refused to comply with open meeting laws. Certainly they have better ways of addressing personnel issues.


and let all the armchair lawyers start their speculations..... And even more so the ones who still think this is based entirely on race.....

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