Glendening to name MTA official as press secretary

January 12, 1995|By Marina Sarris | Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Peter Jensen contributed to this article.

Gov.-elect Parris N. Glendening plans to name Dianna D. Rosborough, known to Baltimore commuters for her radio and television traffic reports, as his press secretary, sources said yesterday. She would be the first African-American in Maryland history to hold that job.

Mrs. Rosborough, 31, a former producer for Baltimore television stations, is now communications director for the Maryland Mass Transit Administration. She lives in West Baltimore.

Mrs. Rosborough's appointment will be announced at a news conference today in Baltimore, government sources said, along with the governor-elect's nominees for secretary of juvenile justice and secretary of state. As expected, they are Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms and John T. Willis, a political adviser to Mr. Glendening.

Some members of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's Cabinet are leading candidates to continue in their jobs during the Glendening administration, sources also said. They include Public Safety Secretary Bishop L. Robinson and Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley. Appointments for those positions are expected to be announced during the next few days.

Mr. Glendening declined to comment on any appointments to his staff or Cabinet.

Mr. Simms, who was re-elected as Baltimore's chief prosecutor two months ago, would become head of the high-profile agency that handles and imprisons under-age lawbreakers.

With the growing public concern about teen-age offenders, the juvenile justice agency will strive to "deter, punish and then rehabilitate" delinquents, Mr. Glendening said last month.

Mr. Simms, 44, the son of a high school teacher and a Bethlehem Steel employee, graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

His appointment as a Cabinet secretary would be subject to confirmation by the state Senate, as would that of Mr. Willis. Confirmation is considered to be a formality.

Mr. Willis, an author and historian, is a political adviser to Mr. Glendening, the former Prince George's County executive.

The secretary of state oversees charitable organizations, the registration of notaries and extradition of prisoners. He receives petitions from voters who wish to put a law to referendum and decides which presidential candidates are sufficiently well known to be included on Maryland's primary ballot.

Mr. Willis was born in Baltimore and reared in Carroll County. Like Mr. Simms, he has a law degree from Harvard. He worked as an attorney for the Baltimore firm of Weinberg and Green before becoming Mr. Glendening's chief of staff in 1990.

Mr. Willis did not return phone calls yesterday, and Mrs. Rosborough declined to comment.

Mrs. Rosborough is expected to work with former Glendening press secretary Tim Ayers, who sources said would become communications director for the new governor.

She created the MTA Transit Team to deliver live updates on traffic for Baltimore area television and radio stations. Before joining the MTA in December 1991, she was a producer for WBAL-TV (Channel 11) and for WBFF-TV (Channel 45) in Baltimore. She has a master's degree in communications from Central Missouri State University.

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