Would-be state treasurers list skills

January 18, 1991|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun

ANNAPOLIS -- David B. Baker of Davidsonville said he would like the $100,000-a-year job as Maryland's state treasurer but in his hand-written application said he regretted that he could not XTC attend today's interview session for applicants "due to a prior commitment."

Actually, it is a 12-year commitment. In prison. For willful failure to file his Maryland income tax return.

Mr. Baker, whose current residence is a cell in Hagerstown, was among 23 applicants for the treasurer's job held the past four years by former Montgomery County Delegate Lucille Maurer.

The other applicants included Jerrold B. Speers, the former treasurer of the state of Maine and more recently head of the U.S. Treasury's Savings Bond Division; senior execu

tives with at least two Maryland banks; various accountants and real estate investment officials; an education consultant; and the incumbent, Mrs. Maurer.

The treasurer not only is responsible for the state's investment practices and policies, but also sits with the governor and state comptroller on the influential Board of Public Works, which decides the fate of virtually every major state contract.

Tammy Z. Harrison of Baltimore, a recent high school graduate who listed recent work experience as a cashier at McDonald's, said in her handwritten application that, "I like doing paper work. Regular office duties." But, she confessed: "I just don't know how to use a typewritter [sic] or a computer."

The resume for Raymond A. Gull of Baltimore listed his previous work experience as a clerk cashier at the Rite Aide in the Erdman ShoppingCenter, and as an employee with the G. S. Co. on Stansbury Road in Baltimore. His duties there, he said, included: "Grinding, drilling, punch press, stick welding, weaving, painting, assembling stall gates, yokes, panels, transoms, door slides, petitions, headers."

Before that, he worked at the Steeltin Can Co. on Todds Lane, doing, "Strapping, wrapping, packing, taping, stenciling forklift and palletizing . . ."

Attached to the application of Joy Shillman of Baltimore was a blue campaign card bearing her picture, an apparent leftover from her 1986 candidacy for Orphans' Court in Baltimore County.

Frederick F. Broglie Jr., a 67-year-old retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. worker from Arnold, said he not only could do the job: he could do it cheaper.

In his two-page letter of application, he noted that during his days at BG&E, where he was a supervisor in the electric division, he served for a decade each as manager of the departmental softball team and captain of the departmental bowling team.

"I would accept the position at a salary of only half of what the present treasurer is being paid," he said. "This would help to reduce the [state's budget] deficit."

*Today in Annapolis

10 a.m. -- Senate convenes, State House.

11:30 a.m. -- House convenes, State House.

Noon -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer delivers his State of the State address to the General Assembly.

2 p.m. -- Special Joint Committee on the selection of the State Treasurer meets to interview candidates, Joint Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building.

There are 81 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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