OXON HILL, Md. - A Prince George’s County official linked to two scandals says he is retiring, the county executive confirmed on Monday.
Rushern Baker's office confirming DPIE Director Haitham Hijazi is out. He has announced his retirement.— Evan Lambert (@EvanLambertTV) November 5, 2018
Inspections Director Dr. Haitham Hijazi’s department is under investigation by Prince George’s County police for its oversight of shoddy electrical work at MGM National Harbor that led to a girl’s electric shock.
In addition, investigators from the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement determined that his son’s company – Integrity Professional Contracting, LLC – broke county building code when he flipped a home in 2015.
A source told FOX 5’s Evan Lambert that Hijazi was called into the office of County Executive Rushern Baker the day after the station reported on the department’s findings and he was pressured to resign or be fired.
JUST IN: Memo to Prince George’s inspections staff from outgoing director Haitham Hijazi, per source. He blames retirement on “several recent events” that “have started to distract the public’s attention” from his agency’s work. He’s retiring to avoid “further turmoil.” @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/mehOEaJj1C— Evan Lambert (@EvanLambertTV) November 5, 2018