Owens' chief of staff resigns after one year of service

Bond describes parting as `mutual'

March 07, 2000|By Scott Calvert | Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF

Marvin A. Bond has resigned as Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens' chief of staff one year after taking over the daily running of her office.

"The county executive accepted his resignation late Thursday afternoon, and she wishes him well," Owens spokesman Andrew C. Carpenter said yesterday.

Carpenter said he did not know why Bond is leaving, and Bond declined to provide details.

"Each of us had a little different expectations," said Bond, who is 50. "When that happens, it's usually best to go on to something else."

He described the parting as "a mutual kind of thing." His last day is tomorrow.

Owens lured Bond from the state comptroller's office in February 1999. Bond spent 28 years as right-hand man to Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, who died in 1998.

Along the way, Bond accumulated a vast list of connections in political circles and when Owens hired him, she praised his "breadth of contacts with national and local people and state people."

"The whole Democratic establishment in the state practically asked me to go over and try to help Ms. Owens," Bond said. "That's what I did."

A resident of Linthicum, Bond oversaw communications, government relations and community services for the executive.

Lately, he had focused his energies on the coming census. Owens has tried to drum up publicity for the county, stressing that an accurate tally will help determine federal funding and congressional representation for Anne Arundel.

Bond, who earned more than $80,000 per year, succeeded Linda Gilligan. She was demoted after it was disclosed that her brother-in-law, Michael T. Gilligan, co-chairman of Owens' transition team, was a paid lobbyist for developers seeking to build an auto racetrack in Pasadena. Gilligan did not tell Owens of his ties to the track project.

While working for Goldstein, Bond coordinated his political races and served as press officer. He later became assistant comptroller, liaison to the Internal Revenue Service and legislative link at the state and federal levels.

Bond stayed on when William Donald Schaefer, former governor and Baltimore mayor, was elected comptroller in 1998. But he said people "up and down the political establishment" encouraged him to help the politically inexperienced Owens run her fledgling administration.

"Everybody wanted to see Ms. Owens succeed," Bond said. "They still want to see her succeed."

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