Robin, Rebekah, Don, Joanna, and Hannah Frazier
Don and I have been married for 34 years on September 2018. We have three girls, Joanna, Rebekah and Hannah and a brand new grandson, Trace Montana Ellison.
After graduating in the top 5% of my class at Westminster High School, I went right to work at Union National Bank where I started my career in finance. Climbing up the ladder I progressed from Clerk to Sr. Clerk in the Savings Department, from Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and managing the Student Loan Portfolio to Assistant Treasurer at Westminster Bank and Trust and eventually managing the Mortgage Lending Office for Mercantile Mortgage.
I was blessed with a few years being Mom and homemaker and serving in my Church, when I got the call to become an elected official serving in the public sector. Having always been involved in Republican politics so I could know the issues and candidates and exercise my right to vote for those who best represented my views, I stepped into another level of service, County Commissioner. That began my more active role in public service.
Between 1990 and today I have served on various Boards and Commissions where I have dealt with following and writing laws and regulations, approving and working within government budgets, and facilitating cooperation and team building amongst many diverse people and organizations, private and public.
Recently, I was compelled to represent myself in a lawsuit I filed to uphold the Open Meetings Act designed to ensure citizens the ability to watch their elected representatives deliberate and make decisions. It was an up-close look at the Court side of the Clerk’s Office.
The importance of accuracy, timeliness and even the order of the file was driven home through my experience. A Judge cannot make good decisions if the information does not come through the Clerks office in an accurate, efficient and organized manner. Just like we say about computer systems — junk in; junk out. In this case though, someone may lose their property rights, civil rights, or constitutional rights and a lot of money.
In the last 12 years I have also worked in various capacities with Instant Access Networks, a company that finds solutions for homeland security challenges. I know that as technology takes on more and more of the Clerk’s documentation workload that security is a big issue.
Backing up information every day, balancing accounts and dual control, continuity of operations planning (COOP), monitoring of systems for performance and cyber security are some of the issues that must be addressed. If the goal is to have accurate, timely, and properly ordered files with good customer service and accessibility, then new technology challenges must be met with immediate solutions, every day.
Please view my resumé to get a sense for the experience I have in key topics and hands on management as well as the heart and proven record I have to serve.
“FRAZIER WINS – WILLFULLY LOSES”
Pro Se citizen Robin Frazier, armed with one paralegal and one witness, proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the Taneytown City Council violated the Maryland Open Meetings Act four times during the June 22, 2016 closed meeting at City Hall.
Visiting Judge Daniels from Baltimore complimented Frazier and her team of two on presenting their case against the City Council of Taneytown and stated that she did better than some seasoned attorneys. This lawsuit was Frazier’s first pro se appearance in Circuit Court.
Judge Daniels found that the Council violated the Open Meetings Act when there was no notice given to the public of an open meeting neglecting to give the citizens the right to observe their elected officials debate and decide whether or not to hold a closed meeting on a particular topic. Three other violations included failure to produce a written statement of the purpose for closing a meeting before the vote to close, failure to produce minutes for the alleged “open meeting”, and failure to comply with all of the requirements for closed meeting minutes. However, the most recent 2014 Open Meetings Act revisions include proof of “willfulness” which has not been defined yet in Maryland courts. The judge found that the councils’ failures to comply were not “willfull” and ruled in favor of the Defendants.”