Although Baltimore County's new executive still hasn't formally announced any firings or hirings, three new county department heads showed up today at a staff meeting.
Wayne R. Harman, 55, the new recreation and parks director; John E. Lutz, 44, central services director, and Elwood H. Banister, 56, the new fire chief, attended County Executive Roger B. Hayden's first meeting of department heads today along with Frank Welsh, Rep. Helen D. Bentley's office manager. Welsh is apparently now employed on Hayden's staff.
Harman, who is currently director of elementary education with the county schools, will replace Robert R. Staab, the current rec-parks director. Staab was one of six department heads called to see Hayden Friday, before Hayden assumed office, but Staab had said after the meeting that he was not yet fired. He was still on the job today.
Lutz, who replaces Timothy Harrison at central services, worked for Hayden for 15 years at Eastern Stainless Steel in eastern Baltimore County, he said. He left there in 1985, and has been managing a small private telephone company called WFG Communications in Rosedale. Lutz, who lives in Edgemere, graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in 1968 with an accounting degree and earned his CPA in 1971.
Among his first challenges will be to get the county's new $32 million emergency radio network operating properly. He's to begin his new job Dec. 17, he said.
Hayden has also fired the directors of community development and aging, and has decided to remove County Attorney Arnold E. Jablon, but will allow him to stay on as a deputy county attorney.
None of the new people, including Carol Hirschburg, the new public information officer, have been told yet what salaries they will be earning, they said.
Chief Deputy Fire chief Elwood H. Banister, a county firefighter since 1956, has been chosen as the new permanent chief, replacing Paul H. Reincke, who retired Dec. 1.