Job filled while state is in hiring freeze


November 23, 1990|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff

Despite a cost-saving hiring freeze imposed on thousands of vacant state jobs, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has hired a new $50,000-a-year speechwriter to succeed one who left his press office shortly after the September primary election.

Paige Boinest, who most recently worked as Maryland bureau chief for United Press International, will begin her new job Monday, according to Louise Hayman, the governor's deputy press secretary.

Linda Dove, Schaefer's former speechwriter, left her position in September for a job with a private company in Washington.

Schaefer announced a hiring freeze on about 5,000 state jobs -- including the speechwriter -- in early September when he said the state was facing a budget shortfall of $150 million. Since then, legislative fiscal experts have said the shortfall could double. The freeze is intended to save the state $100 million in salaries and benefits.

Schaefer officials said the only jobs that would be excepted under the freeze are prison guards and a few positions deemed essential to the delivery of health service.

Other exceptions have followed, including four administrative positions in the Department of General Services to review appraisal evaluations for the state's Agriculture Land Preservation Program.

Hayman said Boinest's duties will include preparing the governor's weekly column that is mailed to newspapers and writing other editorial material used by Schaefer on his weekly travels around the state.

With an annual budget of $444,000, Schaefer's 10-member press office is the second largest of any gubernatorial staff in the country, according to a recent issue of City & State magazine.

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