Because of an editing error, an article about the Maryland Port Administration in the Business section of yesterday's Sun incorrectly identified the guest of honor at a reception Tuesday. The event was held to honor Adrian G. Teel, the port agency's
TC new executive director.
Charged with reorganizing and revitalizing the Maryland Port Administration, Adrian G. Teel, the port agency's new executive director, announced yesterday the hiring of an executive assistant and confirmed the resignation of the MPA's director of personnel.
Mr. Teel, the former chief administrative officer of Anne Arundel County, said that he has hired Richard F. Mayer, the recently retired chief personnel officer in the Anne Arundel County government, to be his executive assistant. Mr. Mayer will work for the MPA under a six-month, $35,000 contract, said Mr. Teel, who left open the possibility Mr. Mayer will remain with the port agency when the contract expires.
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"He's someone I've worked with over the years," said Mr. Teel, who hopes Mr. Mayer will handle many of the day-to-day responsibilities of the port and help him analyze and reorganize the port agency.
Mr. Teel expects to select a deputy port director within two months. In the meantime, Mr. Mayer will perform some of chores that would usually fall to the deputy. "Dick's able to fill the void," Mr. Teel said.
Even though Mr. Mayer had been the chief personnel officer in the Anne Arundel County government, he will not be taking over Tracy V. Drake's duties as the head of personnel for the port agency.
Mr. Teel confirmed Mr. Drake's departure yesterday evening during a reception held at the World Trade Center to introduce Mr. Mayer to the port community.
Although no public announcement of Mr. Drake's departure had been made, the word had spread among MPA employees attending the reception that Mr. Drake was no longer with the agency.
"I'll confirm that he's resigned," Mr. Teel said. "He wants to pursue other career goals."
Mr. Drake, who could not be reached at home last night, left the MPA July 5.