Chairman, first black commissioner are among state board appointments

July 10, 1996|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

After years of little or no movement in its hierarchy, the Maryland State Athletic Commission has undergone a major face-lift with the appointment of a new chairman, the first black commissioner in history and a new chief of referees.

D. Chester O'Sullivan, 91, who served the commission for 37 years, including the last quarter of a century as chairman, resigned because of failing health.

Karl Milligan, 64, of Stevensville, who had worked for eight years as a boxing judge and referee and officiated six world championship fights, has been named the new chairman.

Michael Arrington, 40, of Largo, is assuming the term of O'Sullivan on the state commission.

The board, which supervises professional boxing, kick boxing and wrestling in Maryland, is comprised of five volunteer members who are appointed by the governor for six-year terms.

Arrington, the first African-American named to the commission, graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978. He played tailback and defensive back for the Terps.

Ray Klingmeyer, who was serving as supervisor of the referees, resigned last week because of failing vision. He temporarily will be replaced by referee Larry Barrett.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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