Mikulski aide returns to state government Human Resources chief names Plevy

June 26, 1993|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,Staff Writer

Daryl C. Plevy, who had worked for Gov. William Donald Schaefer for 11 years, is returning to state government after just three months as chief legislative aide for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Ms. Plevy will take over Elizabeth Bobo's job as deputy director for programs at the Department of Human Resources. Ms. Bobo, who had come to the department after losing re-election as Howard County executive in 1990, had been planning to leave the department within the next six months, spokeswoman Helen Szablya said.

But DHR Secretary Carolyn Colvin asked Ms. Bobo to move up her resignation, Ms. Szablya said, then offered the job to Ms. Plevy.

"She asked her to leave sooner than she would have left on her own, but Liz is fine with it," Ms. Szablya said. "Carolyn has really sunk her teeth into the whole welfare business and is looking at this as something she wants to continue for a long time. That means positioning herself with a staff that has a long-term vision."

For Ms. Plevy, who has a degree in sociology and says she attended law school only because she couldn't find a job as a social worker, the DHR post gives her a chance to return to issues such as welfare reform and foster care.

"It came out of the blue," said Ms. Plevy, who was the governor's director of legal, labor and special issues before joining the senator's staff. "It was pretty much impossible to say no."

State Cabinet positions change with the election of a new governor, so Ms. Colvin's tenure at DHR -- and Ms. Plevy's -- would be expected to end when Mr. Schaefer's second term ends in January 1995. But Ms. Szablya said the secretary believes that she will have time in the next 18 months to implement sweeping changes in the state's welfare system.

A commission, appointed by the governor, is already at work on reform proposals. And a national health care program would make it possible for the state to concentrate on creating jobs and other services for the poor, Ms. Szablya said.

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