County human rights administrator named Army retiree Clanzy to start work Monday

January 22, 1998|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Rufus F. Clanzy has been appointed administrator of the county's Office of Human Rights, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker announced yesterday.

Clanzy, 60, fills a vacancy left by James Henson, who retired from the county office Dec. 31 after being appointed to the Maryland Commission on Human Relations.

Clanzy is deputy to the county's director of public works, a position he has held since July 1996. He will start work at the Office of Human Rights on Monday, Ecker said.

"I think Rufus has demonstrated that he is a fine leader, based on his military experience and as the former head of a department," Henson said yesterday. "He should do an excellent job." The director of the Office of Human Rights -- mandated under county code to carry out Howard's policy that every resident live free of discrimination -- is executive secretary to the Human Rights Commission.

The director also heads a staff of three investigators who look into discrimination complaints, two part-time community workers, two clerical employees and a number of volunteers.

Clanzy, who will make $73,877 a year in his new position, previously had been director of the county's former Department of General Services.

He spent nearly three decades in the Army, where he gained investigative experience while working for the First Army Inspector General's Office, investigating complaints filed at Army bases in 13 states.

Clanzy said he believes he was chosen to be director because of his "knowledge of things that can help in a community. My philosophy is that, if we can get community groups working together, we can learn to live together peacefully."

Ecker said he is "delighted that Rufus accepted this position. He is a seasoned professional with extensive managerial experience and knowledge of the county."

A 27-year resident of Howard County, Clanzy lives in Columbia's Oakland Mills village with his wife, Doris, two sons and one daughter. He serves on the board of directors of several organizations and is on the deacon board of First Baptist Church of Guilford.

He was deputy chief of staff for logistics at Fort Meade before he retired from the Army in 1989; he was also a consultant to the Wilkes College Consortium Research Management Inc. in Pennsylvania.

As director of the Department of General Services, Clanzy was responsible for providing support services used by county agencies. He holds a master's degree in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology, is a graduate of Tuskegee University and an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

The Office of Human Rights has a responsibility, Clanzy said, to "continue to educate people about discrimination. Our office can't rest on accomplishments. We have to keep the idea of people living together ever-present."

Pub Date: 1/22/98

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