Senator, planning board chairman to head Gary transition groups

November 22, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

County Executive-elect John G. Gary has selected state Sen. John A. Cade and Dallas Evans, chairman of the Planning Advisory Board, to head the two groups that will coordinate his transition.

Mr. Cade, a Severna Park Republican and a member of the Senate's Budget and Taxation Committee, will lead the policy transition group, which will be responsible for developing an agenda for the Gary administration.

"It's sort of a looking ahead, developing the vision of the administration for the next four years," transition chairman George C. Shenk Jr. said yesterday.

Mr. Evans, who owns Snow White Cleaners in Eastport, will direct a group that will review the report County Executive Robert R. Neall's transition team issued in 1990. Mr. Evans' group will determine what goals were accomplished during Mr. Neall's administration and what still needs to be done. The group also will recommend action it believes Mr. Gary should take, Mr. Shenk said.

Included in the 20-member transition team are several people associated with the Anne Arundel Trade Council's attempt to lobby for Jack Kent Cooke's proposed $160 million, 78,600-seat Redskins stadium in Laurel.

Andrew R. Lombardo, president of the trade council, is on the team, as are Tom Florestano, a school board member who is chairman of a trade council advisory task force studying the economic viability of the stadium; and Scarlett Breeding, an Annapolis architect and the trade council's designated representative on land-use issues.

Mr. Shenk acknowledged that having people so closely connected with the trade council's stadium efforts could complicate committee assignments. But that should not disqualify the people from serving on the transition team, he said.

"They had been very helpful to John throughout the entire campaign," Mr. Shenk said. "Just because they're involved in a topical issue is no reason to exclude them from the transition team."

Mr. Shenk said a special projects committee with seven to 10 members will be formed to gather information on "fast-track" issues, including the stadium and school redistricting.

He emphasized, however, that Mr. Gary has made no commitment to a stadium in Laurel and has had no contact with the Redskins. Mr. Gary would be open to the idea if the economic benefits could be demonstrated, Mr. Shenk said.

In addition, Mr. Shenk said, any plan presented by the Redskins would have to satisfy the concerns Administrative Hearing Officer Robert C. Wilcox expressed in his decision issued last month in which he rejected the Redskins' application for a special zoning exception.

"The criteria that Bob Wilcox put forth have got to be dealt with, and we haven't seen that yet," Mr. Shenk said.

To ensure good communication with the current administration, Sam Minnette will serve as a liaison between the transition team and the Neall administration.

Mr. Minnette has had several positions in the Neall administration, most recently as the project manager in the land use and environment core group.

Also included in the transition team are key Republican political figures: C. Edward Middlebrooks, who beat state Sen. Michael J. Wagner this month, and unsuccessful state's attorney candidate John Greiber.

The other members of the transition team include Tom Baldwin, president of Reliable Contracting Co.; attorney Patsy Blackshear; William Busik, former head of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; attorney Fred Delavan; Ron Dillon, president of Dillon Bus Service; conservationist John Flood; Robert G. Kramer, president of Robert G. Kramer and Associates; Mike Owen, president of Allied Research Corp.; George Phelps, president of Phelps security; Matt Thomas of the county fire department; Scott Pittaway of the county police department; and Jay Winer, president of A. J. Properties.

The transition team should issue its final report in March, Mr. Shenk said.

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