Two selected to head Bell's new City Council Cabinet Landers, Henry to assume duties starting next month

November 28, 1995|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF

Former Baltimore City Councilman Joseph T. "Jody" Landers will become one of two new appointees to head council President-elect Lawrence A. Bell's Cabinet starting next month.

Mr. Landers was named the director of fiscal affairs, a $48,000 position that casts him as watchdog over the Board of Estimates. William B. Henry III, 27, an aide to departing President Mary Pat Clarke, will become chief of staff.

Mr. Landers, elected from the 3rd District in 1983 and 1987, had earned a reputation as one who keenly scrutinized city budgets, colleagues said.

"Brilliant, brilliant move," said 2nd District Councilman Anthony J. Ambridge. Mr. Landers is "a nerd when it comes to fine details. He'll find any misplaced word and misplaced comma in the budget."

Mr. Landers' appointment marks a return to government after four years.

In 1991, he was ousted from the council after an unsuccessful run for comptroller. He lost to former 2nd District Councilwoman Jacqueline F. McLean.

"We are going to be in the process in the next few weeks defining exactly what I'll be doing," Mr. Landers said.

Mr. Bell said that in addition to watching the money trail at the Board of Estimates, Mr. Landers will advise him with fiscal matters that come under the council's jurisdiction. The two served in the council together from 1987 to 1991.

Mr. Landers will be leaving his position as executive director of Parents and Children Together, a nonprofit organization that provides therapy to infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

It was Mr. Henry's youth and energy that won his favor, Mr. Bell said.

"He's part of that new generation that will be leading this city into the 21st century," Mr. Bell said. "He knows the council and the office of the president."

Mr. Henry, better known as Mrs. Clarke's legislation announcer at council meetings, is a Johns Hopkins University graduate and the only decision-maker to move from Mrs. Clarke's administration over to Mr. Bell's.

"My understanding is I'm going to manage the office and supervise the other staff people. I will probably do some traveling with him and still do special projects," Mr. Henry said.

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