Harold G. Reid, former chairman of the Baltimore County Planning Board, was named yesterday to a $40,000-a-year post as Westside coordinator for the county's Community Conservation Program.
Mr. Reid is the first black to be appointed by County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, who took office in December.
Mr. Ruppersberger also named Lynn Barranger, a volunteer in his political campaign and a community activist, to fill a similar part-time role in the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands area of the southwestern part of the county. That job pays $10,000.
The executive has made three appointments related to the Community Conservation Program, which deals with older neighborhoods. The program, which was begun last year by Roger B. Hayden when he was the county executive, is headed by former county Planning Director P. David Fields.
The two new appointees join former County Council aide Mary Emerick, who was named Eastside coordinator in January. A central county coordinator is to be named.
Mr. Reid, 53, of Towson, a Planning Board member for 11 years and chairman for seven, left that post in December. He said he recently has been doing consulting work.
"With his extensive planning background, Harold will be a tremendous asset to this important program," Mr. Ruppersberger said.
Mr. Reid holds a master's degree in business administration from Morgan State University and owned a chain of service stations until 1993.
Mr. Fields said Mr. Reid's job as coordinator will be to go into the older communities, to find out what they need and to give that information to the county government.
His territory will cover Woodlawn, Randallstown and Pikesville.
Coordinators "will be spokespersons for older communities" instead of the government deciding what communities need, Mr. Fields said.
The idea is to find out what is needed to rejuvenate older neighborhoods and make those needs part of a bond referendum to be put to voters in 1996.