Area business leaders agree to participate in review of city agencies

January 26, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

More than 150 Baltimore-area business leaders have agreed to participate in a review of the city fire, housing, health, public works and recreation departments to help government officials run their agencies more efficiently.

Mayor Martin O'Malley, drawing on a strategy used in Philadelphia, requested the review after his election in large part because of concern about a potential $153 million deficit the city faces.

The Greater Baltimore Committee and the President's Roundtable made the appeal for volunteer business leaders to participate in the study.

The steering committee includes GBC chairman John Morton III, president of Bank of America's Mid-Atlantic Banking Group; Donald P. Hutchinson, GBC president; Donald C. Fry, executive vice president of the GBC; roundtable President Arnold Williams, managing director of Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams; Otis Warren Jr., owner of Otis Warren & Co.; and Joseph Haskins Jr., president of Harbor Bank of Maryland.

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