Though Kenneth C. Nohe resigned as the director of Baltimore County's Economic Development Commission on June 29, the actual end of his reign probably came a few weeks earlier. That was when the county Chamber of Commerce decided it had had enough of Mr. Nohe's misadventures and formed its own group in an effort to give the county some semblance of economic vision.
Government and business leaders alike have made known their displeasure over the lack of economic initiative by County Executive Roger B. Hayden's administration. They laid much of the blame for this inertia on the Nohe-run development commission, and their frustration evolved into extreme irritation as Mr. Nohe, appointed by Mr. Hayden last November, was hounded by one controversy after another.
Last March, Mr. Nohe raised more than a few eyebrows in Towson when he fired three commission staffers, two of them veteran officials with solid reputations. Then it was learned that Mr. Nohe had spent more than $2,000 in county money on a series of official meetings at posh restaurants. Late April brought the resignation of attorney A. Samuel Cook, the commission chairman and a figure of respect in both the private and public sectors in Towson.