County parks director to resign, take new post Rinehart to oversee parkland acquisition

July 04, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Director William Rinehart will resign next month to take another county job supervising construction of a North County golf course and coordinating the acquisition of parkland.

Mr. Rinehart's new job is not a demotion, said Louise Hayman, a spokeswoman for County Executive Robert R. Neall.

Mr. Neall "has long wanted to acquire more parkland, and you can't do it through the old tried and true means," because state grant money for land purchases has dried up, Ms. Hayman said.

Mr. Neall especially wants to focus on securing more parkland for the rapidly developing West County area, where ball field space is already at a premium, she said.

"Among the greatest challenges of county government is the acquisition of affordable recreational and open-space land to offset the growth of development," Mr. Neall said in a written statement.

"Bill Rinehart's 32 years' experience in parks administration uniquely qualifies him to carry out this goal," he said.

Mr. Rinehart will be replaced by Walter N. Chitwood, a county employee since 1974 who has held posts in several departments.

Most recently, Mr. Chitwood served as the director of public works after Mr. Neall asked Parker Andrews to resign in January.

Mr. Chitwood, 45, was the county's controller from April 1992 until early this year.

He will take over a department with 69 employees and a $7.4 million operating budget.

He was first hired as an assistant to former County Executive Robert Pascal, remaining in that position until 1983.

He served an earlier stint as controller from 1983 until 1986.

He was deputy director of the Office of Central Services from 1987 until 1991.

He has also worked for Frederick County and for the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Mr. Chitwood has carved a reputation in the county for his ability to build coalitions between opposing parties as well as for his impressive work ethic.

"He's a real problem solver. He has absolutely boundless energy," Ms. Hayman said.

"Walter will be freed up to make sure we will be getting all the operating capacity out of the limited resources we have," she said.

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