Brown to undergo surgery Commissioner to have coronary bypass

June 27, 1996|By STAFF REPORT

County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown is expected to undergo open-heart surgery next month, a county spokesman said late yesterday.

Brown, who put in a full day of work at the County Office Building in Westminster yesterday, learned he needed the surgery last weekend.

He could not be reached for comment.

When asked about the matter last night, Cindy Parr, the county's communications manager, confirmed reports that Brown will enter St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore in July for a coronary bypass. No date for surgery has been set. He expects to convalesce for six to eight weeks, she said.

During Brown's absence, county government is expected to function as usual, Parr said. The county's schedule, she noted, is lighter in the summer and "a lot of major issues don't come to the forefront."

Brown will be kept fully informed of county business during his convalescence. If the commissioners discuss an issue in a public session, Brown could participate and vote via a teleconference call, she said.

"If there were something visual he needed to look at, a staff member could provide him with a copy," Parr said.

Brown's absence for a few weeks "is no different from anybody else's" in government who is away for an extended period of time, she said.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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