County Council names Ruppersberger to succeed Howard as next chairman BALTIMORE COUNTY

December 09, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Councilman Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, D-3rd, is slated to become Baltimore County Council's chairman next month, his second time in the leadership post.

All seven council members said this week that they have agreed on Mr. Ruppersberger as successor to this year's chairman, William A. Howard IV, R-6th.

The council chooses a chairman from its membership each year during the first meeting in January.

Although the post carries little real power, the chairman controls the council's agenda, presides over the yearly budget review and deals on the council's behalf with the county executive.

The chairman is paid $30,900 a year, $3,000 more than council members.

Mr. Ruppersberger has seven years' experience on the council, including a term in 1990, when he saw five of his Democratic colleagues and his party's county executive thrown out of office by the electorate.

The Timonium attorney worked to build bridges to his three new Republican colleagues without alienating the three Democratic councilmen.

The only other active candidate for the post this year was Pikesville's Melvin G. Mintz, D-2nd, a council member since 1986.

Mr. Mintz has never served as chairman.

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