DHR chief dismisses 5 top aides

December 06, 1990|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,Evening Sun Staff

Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Carolyn Colvin has dismissed five of her top aides, a spokeswoman for the department confirmed today.

A memo is slated to go out tomorrow, announcing that DHR's two deputy secretaries, Richard Stein and Julia Danzy, will be leaving, along with three other DHR officials, spokeswoman Helen Szablya said.

Stein and Danzy held the two highest positions in the department, answering directly to Colvin. Stein was planning to retire, Szablya said, but Danzy had joined the department 11 months ago after a long search to fill her newly created position.

Also leaving are Frank Blanton, executive director of community relations; Laura Skaff, who heads child protective services; and Rick Ebling, head of the program support for the Social Services Administration.

A source familiar with the dismissals said they were prompted by Gov. William Donald Schaefer's dissatisfaction with the department's inability to explain its mounting budget deficit. But Szablya said the decision was Colvin's alone.

"Carolyn made these recommendations to the governor and he accepted them. The governor did not ask her to do this," Szablya said. "I don't think she's going to give out any more detail at this time."

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