A crowd member outside Tuesday’s public hearing was asked to leave the building after yelling at Commissioners President Blaine Young and calling him a Nazi, officials said.
The encounter happened as Young entered Jack B. Kussmaul Theater through a spirited crowd that booed at him as he passed. Young said once he was in the building, a man walked up to him and started screaming. Young asked the man to leave him alone, but the person kept getting closer to him and used profanity.
When deputy sheriffs asked the man to step away from the commissioner, the man hit a deputy’s hand away from him, Young said. The man was then asked to leave the building and told not to return, said a county spokesperson.
Outside the building, about an hour before the hearing started, scores of people gathered for a rally against selling Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living. Crowd members rang cowbells and waved signs as they chanted, “Blaine says, ‘Cut back.’ We say, ‘Fight back.’”
Two Citizens nurses standing on the outskirts of the group said they hope county officials give their center a chance to show it can become financially self-sustaining.
Kathi Schlump, who said she has worked at Citizens for about five years, said she worries that she doesn’t want to lose her job caring for the residents she has grown to love.
“They’re not just a job. They’re a family,” she said.
Her colleague, Linda Hill, said Citizens is already suffering from cost-cutting measures and doesn’t believe a private company would restore these resources.
Dylan Petrohilos, a Frederick resident who helped coordinate the rally, said he’s not sure the gathering would sway commissioners, but believed it was worth holding regardless.
“I think we are saying more as a group than we do individually,” he said.
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