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Commission appointment of man with Prison Record Raises Concerns

March 18th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports a Cumberland resident questioned the appointment Tuesday of a member of the Historic Preservation Commission who was convicted in 2013 of possession, transportation and distribution of child pornography. "How did this happen? What is the process for filling these positions on boards and commissions. Are background checks required? If not, why not?," said Mark Nelson during a City Council meeting. "What is the council going to do about this?" Christopher Andrew Myers was appointed to a four-year seat on the Historic Preservation Commission, a volunteer position, in December 2018. He is also a candidate for City Council and has posted details about his conviction on the website  Myers, 45, was charged in June 2011 while a contracted telecommunications specialist with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and indicted by a federal grand jury later that year. The crimes occurred in Montgomery County. Following conviction in 2012, he was sentenced in 2013 to five years in prison. Mayor Ray Morriss said the city is aware of the situation and looking at the procedures and deferring to legal counsel for advice. Myers is a local business owner and is employed part-time by WCBC Radio