Balto. Co.'s Hayden appoints a pair of department heads

December 11, 1990|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden has appointed new directors of the departments of Aging and Community Development, replacing department heads he fired.

Dr. Philip H. Pushkin, 53, chief of the county Health Department's dentistry program, is to take over the Department of Aging, replacing Barbara Gradet. Pushkin said he was a volunteer in Hayden's victorious election campaign.

Frank Welsh, 58, district representative for Rep. Helen D. Bentley, R-2nd, was named to head the Community Development Department, which is responsible for housing and job training.

He replaces Leslie M. Pittler, who is due to leave Jan. 4. Welsh worked for 14 years in state government as an administrator in charge of setting up federal job training programs, and with local community action agencies, he said. He is to receive the same annual salary as did Pittler, $63,440.

Pushkin, who makes $74,190 in his current merit system job and is due for a 4 percent raise Jan. 1, said he didn't discuss salary with Hayden.

The new executive has not set salaries for any of the other new department heads he has named so far, except for Office of Communications Director Carol Hirschburg. She is to receive the same $63,500 salary as did Robert Hughes, whom she replaced.

"I am a people person," said Pushkin, adding that should help him in his new duties. His only experience with the county's aging programs so far was to help set up a dental program for county senior citizens, he said, although he is an experienced administrator. Pushkin is also a colonel in the Maryland National Guard, but he said his position as commander of 24 companies of combat support units would not require his own transfer to the Desert Shield operation in the Middle East. He has worked in the county Health Department since 1968.

Welsh has worked in Bentley's office since just after her first election victory in 1984. Before that, he worked for the state as director of the Office of Community Services from 1970-1984. He was appointed to that post by then-Gov. Marvin Mandel to help set up the first federal Job Corps programs.

Hayden was interested in his experience with federal and state grants, he said. Hayden thought that experience could be helpful in community development, which often deals with federal and state money.

Those two appointments leave only one county department director's position to be filled, in the Department of the Environment.

Hayden last week named Deputy Fire Chief Elwood H. Banister to replace retired Fire Chief Paul H. Reincke; John E. Lutz, 44, to replace Timothy Harrison as central services director; and Wayne R. Harman, 55, to replace Robert Staab as director of recreation and parks.

To fill three executive staff positions, Hayden turned to the county school system and to his own campaign. He appointed Judith E. Scheper, principal at Dulaney High School; Nicholas S. Spinnato, principal at Sparrows Point High; and Pat McDonough, his campaign manager, to the posts.

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