Gary selects public information officer, legislative liaison

November 24, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

County Executive-elect John G. Gary announced his first personnel moves yesterday, naming his campaign manager to handle press relations and an official with the state's juvenile services department as his legislative liaison.

Lawrence R. Telford, 33, who orchestrated Mr. Gary's successful bid for county executive, will take over as public information officer, succeeding Louise L. Hayman, spokeswoman for County Executive Robert R. Neall.

Diane Hutchins, 40, the government relations director for the state's Department of Juvenile Services, will take over from Myron V. Wotring, who is retiring.

Mr. Gary said he filled these two positions first because they will be among the most important in implementing his agenda. He said that replacing Ms. Hayman, who submitted her letter of resignation to him earlier this week, does not mean he did not appreciate the job she did for Mr. Neall.

"It's such a sensitive position that anyone coming into office needs a person that they'll be comfortable with. Any new executive is going to want his own people," Mr. Gary said.

"[Mr. Telford] probably knows my philosophical beliefs and my approach to government better than anyone, since we've worked together through this entire campaign," he said.

The jobs will pay between $55,000 and $65,000.

Mr. Gary, who will take office Dec. 5, said he became acquainted with Ms. Hutchins through his work on the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee. As legislative liaison, she will work with the County Council and the county's General Assembly delegation to ensure Mr. Gary's legislative agenda is adopted.

"As you know, I campaigned on issues that need to be legislatively approved," Mr. Gary said, referring to his proposals to allow the county executive to appoint school board members and allow voters to recall judges.

"[Ms. Hutchins'] time will be spent building consensus to get the votes we need on those issues," he said.

He added that with a new and inexperienced council coming on board -- only two incumbents were re-elected -- he will have a good opportunity to pass legislation early in his term.

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