O'Malley plans to keep Hoskins as personnel director

November 11, 1999|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Saying he wants to maintain some continuity in city government, Baltimore Mayor-elect Martin O'Malley said this week he plans to keep Jesse E. Hoskins as the city's personnel director.

Hoskins, who oversees personnel issues for the city's more than 16,000 employees, said he is pleased to accept O'Malley's offer.

"I've grown very fond of this city and the government since moving here," Hoskins said. He had been Chicago's personnel commissioner for four years before coming to Baltimore in 1988.

"Over the last several years, we've broadened the scope of what we do outside of recruiting and testing and classification to the wellness and employee assistance program, occupational safety and medicine, and also training and development and apprenticeship programs," he said.

Hoskins, who has a bachelor's degree in commerce from DePaul University in Chicago, said he looks forward to working with O'Malley. The two met about an hour Tuesday.

"I was really impressed with his energy and commitment to reform," Hoskins, 53, said.

Glenard S. Middleton, president of the city chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, hailed O'Malley's choice of Hoskins as a strong pick because he consistently shows concern for city workers.

"He believes in labor-management cooperation," Middleton said. "He was one of the folks we recommended to Mayor Kurt Schmoke."

Hoskins said he wants to expand the personnel listings on the city's Web site to include job descriptions and provide a way for people to apply online. He also wants to continue the city's efforts in training and development in the areas of customer service, leadership and computers.

O'Malley, who is at Harvard University this week attending a school for new mayors, said he expects to keep some people from Schmoke's administration. However, he will retain some changes, including police commissioner, housing commissioner and public works director.

O'Malley has said he will retain Baltimore Development Corp. president M.J. "Jay" Brodie in his administration.

Sun staff writer Laurie Willis contributed to this article.

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