Network 2000 group votes to oust embattled McLean from treasurer post

January 07, 1994|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer Staff writer Kim Clark contributed to this article.

In some editions yesterday, an article on the dismissal of Baltimore Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean as treasurer of Network 2000 incorrectly reported the group's vote. Lois Shofer abstained; Tucky Ramsey, who resigned early in the day, did not vote.

* The Sun regrets the error.

An article in Friday's editions on Network 2000's dismissal of Jacqueline F. McLean as treasurer incorrectly described the timing of resignations from the women's group by Tucky Ramsey and Judge Mary Arabian. Mrs. Ramsey and Judge Arabian both resigned before Jan. 6, when the group held an emergency meeting to discuss the McLean affair.

The Sun regrets the error.

A local women's group dismissed Baltimore Comptroller Jacqueline F. McLean as its treasurer yesterday until the outcome of a criminal investigation into her public conduct.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Network 2000 spokeswoman Carolyn McGuire said that, when the members called Mrs. McLean to tell her of their action, Mrs. McLean told them she had resigned from the group.

Ms. McGuire said she and the other members were surprised because Mrs. McLean indicated she had already submitted a resignation letter, but none of them had received it.

"We were not going to ask her to resign," Ms. McGuire said.

None of the allegations of wrongdoing involve Network 2000. "This action was taken in the best interest of Network 2000, given the recent controversies surrounding Ms. McLean," Ms. McGuire said.

But dissent over the McLean affair appears to have roiled the group of about 30 influential women from around the state.

One of the group's two founders, Tucky Ramsey, president of Presenting Baltimore, faxed her resignation to members yesterday afternoon. Ms. Ramsey, who has said she has been friendly with the McLean family, could not be reached for comment last night. Judge Mary Arabian also told members she would quit, Ms. McGuire said.

The group called the emergency meeting yesterday because some members were dismayed over city paychecks to a mystery worker employed by Mrs. McLean that were deposited into bank accounts opened with the name of Network 2000's co-founder, Carolyn Burridge. Ms. Burridge, a well-known state lobbyist, says her signature was forged.

The two checking accounts were set up in late 1992 and early 1993 under the name of Resources for Women at the same bank used by Network 2000. The address listed on bank documents for Resources for Women, an apparently nonexistent organization, is the Northwest Baltimore hair salon owned by Mrs. McLean's sister and brother-in-law.

Thirteen members of Network 2000 met for about three hours yesterday and voted to temporarily remove Mrs. McLean as treasurer. Ms. Burridge abstained.

The comptroller has taken a leave of absence and relinquished DTC her $53,000-a-year salary until an investigation of her actions is // completed by Maryland's special prosecutor.

Investigators are looking into Mrs. McLean's hiring a public relations consultant, Michele McCloud, who apparently did no work. More than $23,000 in checks issued to the mystery worker were deposited in the Resources for Women bank accounts -- one of which was set up by Mrs. McLean herself. That account carried the Social Security number issued to Mrs. McLean's daughter.

The investigators are also probing allegations that Mrs. McLean tried to have the city lease a building owned by her and her husband.

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