County Executive Robert R. Neall has appointed a former chief aide of his two predecessors to fill the job of criminal justice coordinator.
Assistant Central Services Officer Walter Chitwood, who served as county comptroller for three years under Democrat O. James Lighthizer, was also an assistant to Republican Robert Pascal from 1974 to 1982.
Chitwood will take control of the criminal justice office as Neall's public safety liaison and assume other duties Feb. 1 as the executive's assistant.
The job was originally created as a temporary position through a federal grant and often has been criticized as unnecessary, even though voters passed a charter amendment creating the Office of Criminal Justice during the Lighthizer administration.
ButChitwood's appointment ends speculation about the fate of the criminal justice job after Francis J. Zylwitis was asked to resign three weeks ago.
"Its abolition is not under consideration at this time," said David Almy, Neall's deputy chief of staff. Chitwood, who also worked for the Frederick County Board of Commissioners and the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, will receive a salary of $63,090.
Neall has appointed James F. Hollan of Annapolis as the county's adult literacy programs coordinator.
Hollan, a mail order and publications consultant, is former president of Scottish & Irish Imports Ltd. in Annapolis, and The Dove, a store in the city. He has served as chairman and board member of the Maryland Retail Merchants Association and as an officer of the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Annapolis Business Coalition.
Hollan has been active in the Annapolis Youth Center, the Annapolis Oympic Organizing Committee andother civic and cultural groups.
Hollan assumed leadership of theliteracy programs last Thursday at a salary of $33,600.
The literacy coordinator position was created last year within the Department of Social Services on the recommendation of Lighthizer's Task Force on Adult Literacy.
Hollan will be responsible for improving and broadening adult reading skills. The county's literacy program is coordinated with "Literacy Works," which is run by the state Department of Education.