Angelis named to run parks, recreation Davidsonville salesman has put in many years as volunteer soccer coach

April 02, 1997|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

Thomas F. Angelis, 50, a restaurant supply company salesman who lives in Davidsonville, will become director of the county's Department of Recreation and Parks next month after years of volunteering as a soccer coach.

"I've had a pretty good involvement with youth and recreation activities that gave me the credibility to assume the position," Angelis said yesterday.

This will be the second time in three years that the top parks post has been filled by a volunteer youth sports coach rather than by someone with county government experience.

Angelis will replace M. Joseph Cannon of Maryland City, who died Feb. 6 of brain cancer after serving as director since 1994. A retired federal executive, Cannon was a youth sports coach in Maryland City and a member and later chairman of the Anne Arundel Recreation Advisory Board.

Angelis, whose appointment was announced this week by County Executive John G. Gary, will oversee 70 year-round employees and more than 100 county parks, which cover 5,000 acres.

Thomas Donlin, the deputy director who has been acting director since mid-July, will continue in that post until Angelis takes over May 1, then will resume the deputy position. He told Gary that he did not want the top job for "a variety of personal and professional reasons," he said.

Yesterday, Donlin said his contact with Angelis had been "minimal" and added, "We have a very strong professional team in place, so I'm looking forward to a good match here."

Angelis has sold china, glasses and silverware for Adams-Burch, a restaurant supply company in suburban Washington, since 1976.

He has volunteered consistently since then in the Davidsonville Athletic Association and the county's youth soccer league. He also coached soccer at a private high school and co-chaired the department's transition committee after Gary's 1994 election.

Angelis, who is married and has two sons, 20 and 18, said he plans to continue Cannon's tradition of obtaining and upgrading facilities, and trying to maintain community involvement.

"Right now, I don't have enough knowledge to be nervous about anything at this juncture," he said.

Angelis will meet with the county personnel department today to work out details of his salary, which is expected to be about $65,000.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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