County Council announces names of possible liquor board appointees

September 23, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Howard County Council last night introduced the names of the five people likely to be the firstappointments to the county's new hearing Board for Liquor License Issues, despite objections from the council's two Democrats that the GOP majority is rushing the appointments before the November election.

The five appointees, who were chosen by County Executive Charles I. Ecker from lists submitted by each of the council members, are scheduled to be confirmed by the council next month.

Several of the appointees, who were selected by council district, are politically connected. Ethel B. Hill, recommended by

Democratic Councilwoman Mary C. Lorsung of west Columbia, is a longtime Democratic activist and the mother of former Circuit Judge Donna Hill Staton.

The appointment from C. Vernon Gray's east Columbia district, John L. Peoples, is Gray's campaign treasurer. Councilman Charles C. Feaga's recommended pick, Teresa A. Beck, is the sister-in-law of Feaga's legislative aide and close family friend, Peter Beck.

The other two selections are Michael A. McFarland, a community leader from Dennis R. Schrader's district of southeastern Howard, and Jon R. Nuffer, from Darrel E. Drown's district of Ellicott City and Elkridge.

The jobs are unpaid, except for nominal amounts for each meeting.

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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