Holland hired as assistant to Gary

January 22, 1995|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

Former County Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland, who lost his re-election bid in November, has been hired as an assistant to County Executive John G. Gary.

Mr. Holland, who has a one-year contract for $38,000, began work Jan. 9 as director of special projects for the county executive. As a contractual employee, he will receive no benefits. His major responsibility is studying the possibility of privatizing the county-run Dwight D. Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville.

"We're looking at the Eisenhower situation and what we can do to upgrade the whole situation and make it better for the citizens of Anne Arundel County," Mr. Holland said.

Mr. Holland has use of a county car, which he said is for job-related travel, such as driving to neighboring subdivisions to inspect publicly owned golf courses that might generate ideas for the Eisenhower proposal.

Mr. Holland also will investigate the possibility of building another golf course in North County, in addition to the 18-hole course planned for Pasadena. And he is in contact with someone who has expressed interest in building a course in West County, said Larry R. Telford, a Gary spokesman.

As a council member, Mr. Holland played a key role in creating a partnership involving the county, Legg Mason Realty Group and the Maryland Economic Development Corp. to develop the course on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.

Although it will be a public course, it will be leased by the county to Legg Mason, which will operate it and pay for it by charging fees to users. The course will be built and operated at no cost to county taxpayers.

It was Mr. Holland's participation in that enterprise and his experience as a council member that led Mr. Gary to tap him for the special projects job, Mr. Telford said.

Mr. Holland was named to the post "because of his knowledge of how the county funds projects and because of his experience with golf course projects similar to the one's he's working on," Mr. Telford said.

Mr. Holland will assume the role that William Rinehart, a former recreation and parks director, played in the administration of Robert R. Neall, Mr. Gary's predecessor, "but Dutch is getting paid $10,000 less a year," Mr. Telford said.

Mr. Rinehart, who supervised the Fort Smallwood Golf Course project after resigning from the parks department, was paid $48,000 a year.

In 1990, Mr. Holland was one of the first two Republicans elected to the council after the formation of charter government in 1965. He lost his re-election bid to Democrat Thomas Redmond Sr. by 432 votes.

Mr. Redmond said he saw no problem with Mr. Holland's appointment, despite its appearance of political patronage. "It's done all the time, " Mr. Redmond said. "I'm not saying I condone it. But that's the way things are done in Anne Arundel County. I have too many things going on in my district to worry about things like that."

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