The 22-year-old son of Councilman Edward Middlebrooks' closest political ally is one of four new members of the Board of Appeals.
David Schafer of Severn was Middlebrooks' nominee to the seven-member board, appointed by the County Council on Monday night. A full-time student at Anne Arundel Community College, he is the son of H. Erle Schafer, a former state senator and clerk of the Circuit Court.
The elder Schafer is a longtime friend of Middlebrooks and was his biggest political backer in the 1990 campaign.
David Schafer was Middlebrooks' campaign manager.
He will be the youngest person ever to serve on the appeals board, a powerful panel that hears disputes on county matters, including the interpretation of zoning law.
Middlebrooks denied that Schafer's appointment was a political favor, saying, "A lot of people on the board have ties with other political people."
Middlebrooks said he saw Schafer's appointment as a way to bring "new and different ideas" to the board. "I thought this would be somebody fresh, somebody other than the same old political hacks."
All seven previous appeals board members applied for reinstatement, but only three were returned.
"We have lost members with great wisdom and knowledge," said Anthony Lamartina of Linthicum, an eight-year member reappointed on the recommendation of Councilman George F. Bachman Jr., D-Linthicum. "But Mr. Middlebrooks said it's time forsome fresh ideas, and he may be right."
Joining Schafer as new members are:
* John W. Boring of Pasadena, owner of the Wooden Nickel restaurant. He was nominated by Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland,R-Pasadena.
* F. George Deuringer, a policy analyst for the Social Security Administration and a Severna Park activist. He was nominated by Councilwoman Diane R. Evans, R-Arnold.
* Joseph A. Johnson of Crownsville, a technician with C & P Telephone, civic activist and former appeals board member. He was nominated by Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville.
Reappointed along with Lamartina were:
* William C. Edmonston of Edgewater, a senior analyst with the Gould Corp. A board member for 12 years, he was nominated by council chairwoman Virginia P. Clagett, D-West River.
* Barbara M. Hale of Annapolis, assistant to the executive director of the YWCA of Annapolis.