Minority Business Panel Filled

As Neall Selects 11, One Member Criticizes The Committee's Record

April 18, 1991|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff writer

County Executive Robert R. Neall yesterday appointed 11 people to a committee on minority business issues -- a group that one member sayshas done "absolutely nothing."

George Phelps Jr., an Annapolis businessman reappointed to the Minority Business Advisory Committee, said he hopes the group will change under Neall.

"I haven't gotten Bobby's pulse (on minority issues) yet. He seems to be a different kind of animal" than former executive O. James Lighthizer, Phelps said.

Making county procurement and purchasing departments more receptive to doing business with minority contractors heads the committee's list of goals, he said. Though minority business leaders started working to foster minority entrepreneurship during the Lighthizer administration, Phelps said they haven't gotten very far.

"We told them how things should be. We did a plan, and everything was still business as usual. . . . It's always been the 'good oldbuddy' thing" with procurement officials, he said.

Besides Phelps, those appointed to terms ending Dec. 31, 1991, include Shirley Alexander, George Hawkins and Kay Price, all of Annapolis; and Norm Myersand Fred Shelton of Odenton.

Appointed to terms ending Dec. 31, 1992, are Nathaniel Brown of Severn; Harold Hebron of Hanover; the Rev. Leon White of Glen Burnie; and Bonnie Edwards-Stein and Dallas Evans of Annapolis.

All have previously served on the committee, established in 1982.

Neall also named five ex-officio members from county government: James Ryan and Joanne Jackson of the Office of CentralServices, Samuel Minnitte and Shelly Gross-Wade of the Office of Economic Development and Human Relations Officer Adrian Wiseman.

Neall also made several other appointments this week:

* Pamela F. Bushof Lothian was named to the South County Environmental Commission. Marilyn Harmon of Shady Side and George Heine of Deale were reappointed to the group.

The 11-member commission advises the executive onenvironmental issues in South County.The three appointees will serveuntil Dec. 31, 1992.

* Charles E. Brown of Riva was named to the Pension Oversight Commission, a nine-member, independent body chargedwith making recommendations on county retirement and pension issues.

Brown is executive director of a Baltimore law firm and co-owner of Anchor Insurance Agency in Deale. He will serve until Dec. 1, 1994.

* Betsy Dawson of Annapolis and Jane St. Lawrence of Severna Park were appointed to the county Personnel Board. Gordon Hatt, an employee of the Anne Arundel Fire Department, was named the board's classified employee representative.

Steven R. Katkowsky and Dr. Charles Sheppard of Annapolis were reappointed. All appointees will serve until December 1994. Katkowsky will serve as chairman.

The Personnel Board advises the executive on employee service issues. It has the power to adopt rules and regulations for classified employee service and to hear appeals of personnel decisions and county government actions.

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