Category Archives: Rockville

Rockville City Manager Out

Barbara Matthews, city manager of Rockville since 2012 and a former city manager for Takoma Park, has been removed from her position as of last Friday.  The City of Rockville has fired City Manager Barbara Matthews. The city announced Monday morning that Matthews, who as city manager ran the city’s day-to-day operations and prepared its budgets, “will no longer serve” in… Read more »

Back To Rockville

Optional musical accompaniment to this post. Back in the fall, many eons ago before the last FEC campaign finance reports were due, there was a huge kerfuffle in the Rockville municipal elections. Allegations were flung by the Team Rockville campaign about alleged business ties between Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton’s husband Fred and Don Hadley, the chair of the Rockville Planning… Read more »

Election Day!

I’m planning to do some reporting from the field today, happy not to be either a campaign operative or a candidate today. We’ll start with a report this morning from Takoma Park, where there are two contested races (mayor and city council ward 1), then hoof it over to Gaithersburg, where three candidates are running for mayor and four candidates… Read more »

Don Hadley Responds To Osdoby Allegations

Just after I pressed send on the last Rockville post a few minutes ago, I was forwarded a letter from Don Hadley, the alleged “business partner” of Mayor Newton’s husband. From that letter, it appears that the entire claim of Hadley’s relationship to Fred Newton was that Hadley was the settlement attorney for the real estate transaction back in 2010…. Read more »

More On Rockville

So earlier today, I mentioned that I had received a press release about Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton’s alleged ethical transgressions. I’m not going to print the release, but the contradictions fairly leap from the page. There are four main complaints: First, the Osdoby campaign is unhappy that former Mayor Steve Van Grack endorsed Newton: Former Mayor Steve Van Grack recently… Read more »