Human rights administrator reportedly on the way out Howard Co.'s Harvey said to be out of favor.

December 03, 1991|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff

Howard County's human rights administrator is being asked to resign today, according to county government sources.

Cynthia Harvey, who was hired by former County Executive Elizabeth Bobo, has faced problems with her staff and the county's Human Rights Commission, sources say.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker would not comment yesterday on whether he would dismiss her, but he did confirm that he had scheduled a meeting with her today.

Harvey was appointed last year while she was serving as a high-ranking human rights administrator in Prince George's County. She succeeded Jean Toomer, who retired after a long tenure and was part of the committee that selected Harvey.

The Rev. Boyer Freeman, president of the county's branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said he has enjoyed a good working relationship with Harvey but has received some complaints from others about the operation of her office.

Freeman said yesterday that the local NAACP branch was looking into those complaints, which touch on the effectiveness of the office in investigating reports of discrimination and on the unhappiness of employees leading to a high turnover rate.

He said the NAACP has not yet reached any conclusions about whether those complaints are valid.

"I'm not ready to say we would recommend a replacement for her," he said.

Sources reported that Harvey has had increasing differences with Roger W. Jones, chairman of the Human Rights Commission. She serves as secretary to the panel.

Neither Harvey nor Jones could be reached for comment.

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