Ex-Army aide named to jail

February 25, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A former commandant of the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has been appointed as an assistant superintendent of the county detention center, officials said yesterday.

George H. Braxton, who most recently was assistant secretary for facilities and residential services of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, starts his $55,000-a-year job today. He will be one of three assistant superintendents at the jail.

The appointment comes after a report prepared last August that said blacks in the detention center's work-release program believe that they are being discriminated against and that a black deputy superintendent should be hired to address the problem. The report for prepared for County Executive Robert R. Neall by George L. Russell Jr., a Baltimore lawyer and former judge.

County officials denied that Mr. Braxton, who is black, was hired because of his race. He was the most qualified for the job, they said.

"You can't do that. You can't go out and say we're only going to hire a black person," said Louise Hayman, a spokeswoman for Mr. Neall. "We interviewed a number of candidates for this position and Mr. Braxton was the most qualified," Ms. Hayman said.

Gorham L. Black, Mr. Neall's deputy chief administration officer, worked with Mr. Braxton as an assistant secretary for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. He said the new assistant superintendent brings a wealth of experience to the position.

"This is a feather in Bobby's cap, because he has someone coming in with extensive police experience," he said of Mr. Neall.

Mr. Braxton, who lives in Mitchellville in Prince George's County, was the commandant of the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., from 1984 until 1987.

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