Carroll picked to head Environment Department

July 24, 1993|By Marina Sarris | Marina Sarris,Staff Writer

The governor has chosen his Chesapeake Bay specialist to lead the Department of the Environment for the last 1 1/2 years of his final term, a spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer plans to announce Monday that David A. C. Carroll will succeed Robert Perciasepe, who is expected to take a federal job, said Page W. Boinest, the governor's press secretary.

President Clinton had announced last week his intention to nominate Mr. Perciasepe as the nation's top water-quality officer.

Mr. Schaefer appointed Mr. Carroll to coordinate Chesapeake Bay programs for him when the governor took office in 1987. Mr. Carroll was charged with working with local, state and federal agencies, community groups and others interested in the bay.

He developed two major environmental initiatives that passed the state legislature. One protects nontidal wetlands and the other seeks to reduce the loss of trees to development.

Mr. Carroll's promotion "makes sense," a prominent environmentalist commented.

"David has had years of experience working on the bay," said William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "We're very supportive."

A Baltimore resident, Mr. Carroll, 47, worked as an environmental aide to Mr.Schaefer from 1985 to 1987, when Mr. Schaefer was mayor of Baltimore.

Mr. Carroll was in the city's planning department from 1974 to 1985, where he worked on projects involving the harbor, waterfront renewal and federal environmental programs.

A native of North Carolina, he received bachelor's degrees in landscape architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

His current job in the Chesapeake Bay programs office will be filled by assistant Cecily Majerus.

Mr. Carroll's nomination will be subject to Senate confirmation. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr. Perciasepe is in line to be the Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for water. If confirmed by the Senate, he would oversee federal efforts to curb water pollution, protect wetlands and safeguard drinking water.

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