Health commissioner says he won't leave for position in D.C.

February 27, 1999

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, Baltimore's health commissioner, took himself out of the running yesterday for the post of District of Columbia health director. Beilenson, 39, had been recruited for the job and was one of two finalists. He said he lost interest because the process had dragged on for 3 1/2 months.

"It was putting my family in limbo and causing some disruption in the city health department," Beilenson said. "I just decided that with the chaos in D.C. right now and other factors, I should stay in Baltimore."

Peggy Armstrong, spokeswoman for Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams, said Beilenson's withdrawal was unfortunate. "It's our loss," she said.

Pub Date: 2/27/99

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