Council confirms O'Malley nominees

Dixon warns mayor that members will keep close eye on Cabinet

February 08, 2000|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore City Council unanimously confirmed last night most of Mayor Martin O'Malley's cabinet appointments, including city Police Commissioner Ronald L. Daniel.

In supporting six of O'Malley's department picks, City Council President Sheila Dixon warned the new administration that the council intends to play a heightened oversight role in administering city services.

Dixon said the 19-member body is considering bringing O'Malley's city department leaders before council committees to report on progress as frequently as every three months.

"It's just like when you apply for a job, you make all these promises," Dixon said. "What the council wants to do is hold them accountable."

In addition to Daniel, the nominations confirmed last night were Fire Chief Herman Williams Jr., Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, Finance Director Peggy J. Watson, City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. and Personnel Director Jesse E. Hoskins.

Two O'Malley nominations face council review. Last night, the council introduced O'Malley's nominee for city housing commissioner, Patricia J. Payne. The council's Executive Appointments Committee will review the nomination of acting Public Works Director George Winfield tomorrow.

Winfield isn't expected to face many obstacles. Last night, Southeast Baltimore Councilman Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr. praised Winfield and public works division chief Robert Marsili for their direction of snow-removal efforts during recent storms.

A nomination hearing for Payne, a former state housing secretary, has not been set.

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