Baltimore attorney to be legislative aide in Howard Purview will include health, housing, jobs

August 29, 1993|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

Baltimore attorney Lauren R. Young will join the Howard County Council staff next month as a legislative assistant responsible for human services, employment, health and housing.

A former assistant hearing examiner with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, Ms. Young, 32, has been legal adviser to governmental agencies in Baltimore since 1991.

She is legal counsel to the chairman of the Baltimore City Charter Revision Commission, a legislative technician in the Department of Legislative Reference and a legislative analyst for Mary Pat Clarke, president of the Baltimore City Council.

Her work in Howard County -- drafting legislation, researching policy issues and acting as a liaison with county agencies -- will be similar to the work she does in Baltimore.

A 1978 graduate of the Friend's School in Baltimore, Ms. Young )) earned a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and a J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1985.

She will begin her $33,981-a-year job with the council on Sept. 7.

In a related move, council legislative assistant Barbara Russell, a political appointee for the last 12 years, was hired as a permanent staff member. She will continue to be responsible for education, libraries, public safety, cable television and personnel. She will continue to be paid $44,545 a year.

Until July, people filling the three council legislative assistant positions were political appointees serving at the pleasure of the council. In July, the council made the jobs permanent, raising the classification one pay grade with a maximum salary of $49,166 and allowing current appointees to keep their appointed positions or apply for permanent status.

Ms. Russell chose to apply for permanent status and joined 391 other applicants seeking to fill a vacancy created by the death of long-time council assistant Mary Lynch.

Ms. Young was chosen from among the same applicants to fill the vacancy created by Ms. Russell's appointment.

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