County Executive-elect Charles I. Ecker said yesterday that campaign adviser Beverly Marsh Wilhide will stay on as his administrative assistant.
Wilhide, a prominent Ellicott City businesswoman who served as president of both the county Chamber of Commerce and a business and civic coalition called the Economic Forum, has been working since the election as co-chairman of Ecker's 98-member transition team.
Both of the administrative assistants of County Executive M. Elizabeth Bobo -- Althea "Tee" O'Connor and Grace Kubofcik -- have resigned their $59,934-a-year jobs as of Monday (Dec. 3), the day Ecker is sworn in.
Ecker said he is filling only one of the administrative assistant postions because he expects to make budget cuts and thinks those cuts "should begin in my own office."
Wilhide, 54, was selected because of her "ability to organize, the way she relates to people, and her ability to get things done," Ecker said. He said she would not act as a chief of staff as Bobo aide O'Connor had done, but would "maintain" his schedule -- something she is already doing.
Ecker said his "door will be open" to department heads and others wanting to meet with him privately. One or both of Bobo's aides were often present at her meetings to take notes for follow-up action.
As co-chairman of the transition team with Columbia attorney Michael Davis, Wilhide has already begun receiving preliminary reports from seven Ecker transition teams dealing with general government, public safety, public relations, human services, public works, recreation and parks, and intergovernment relations.
Formation of the intergovernmental relations committee was announced only Monday. The committee will review state and local bills and legislation that affects the county regionally. It also will explore administration relationships with the County Council, the state delegation to Annapolis, state officials, neighboring counties and the Columbia Association.
The committee is chaired by Carol Arscott, head of the local Republican Central Committee and legislative assistant to District 14 Delegates Robert Flanagan and Robert Kittleman. Charles Jerome Ware, counsel for the state NAACP, is co-chairman.
Summaries of each committee's report will be written over the weekend, Wilhide said, and will point out areas of county government "where there is waste and disharmony -- areas which need shoring up -- and will point out the good things in county government as well."
Wilhide said the reports will be given to Ecker Monday morning. She said she expects the general information contained in them to be made public after he has reviewed them and specific personnel recommendations have been deleted.