County Executive Transition
Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I received this email from current County Councilman Guy Guzzone who is serving as the lead on Ken Ulman’s transition team. I didn’t know I was on his distribution list, but I appreciate the information. This is also posted on the County web site
Members of County Executive-elect Ken Ulman’s transition team will hold a public input session on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30 pm in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City. The nine member committee will use the forum to gather insight from the community as they move forward in preparing their final report for the incoming Executive. The input session will be televised live on Gtv, Comcast channel 70.
You can read the rest on the County web site (link above) Additionally, Mr. Ulman has appointed his two men to two of his top posts. From the Sun
Lonnie Robbins, a 17-year Howard County official, is Ulman’s choice for chief administrative officer — a $154,000 post and the county’s top appointed position. Robbins, 56, of Ellicott City, is a deputy administrative officer under retiring Raquel Sanudo, but his promotion, starting Jan. 3, makes him the first African-American to hold such a prominent county government post.
Aaron Greenfield, chief executive officer of Anne Arundel County’s Economic Development Corp., is to be Ulman’s chief of staff, though technically, he will take Robbins’ current title at a salary of $150,000. He is to start Tuesday.
Greenfield, 35, of Lutherville, is a 1990 Howard High School graduate who worked for nearly four years as an assistant city solicitor for Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley’s administration, followed by a short stint as associate corporate counsel at 1st Mariner Bancorp, and as executive director of the Maryland Business Council. He took the Anne Arundel job in March and has been helping to plan for local growth tied to the U.S. military’s base realignment and closure.
I don’t know anything about these men. However, as far as Mr. Greenfield is concerned, aside from the personal connection, it seems as though Mr. Ulman is trying to create ties to the O’Malley administration given Mr. Greenfield’s experience with O’Malley’s adminsitration in Baltimore City, and his experience with 1st Mariner Bank. Ed Hale is the CEO and a strong supporter of O’Malley’s.