Ex-Columbia Association head moves out of River Hill home

McCarty's belongings are going to Atlanta, moving company says

June 08, 2000|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

A month after calling Columbia home and saying she planned to stay, former Columbia Association President Deborah O. McCarty has moved out of her rented townhouse in River Hill.

A-One Moving Co. of Annapolis packed up many of her belongings Tuesday morning and is moving them back to Atlanta, the company said.

McCarty's ties to her former hometown became an issue during the community controversy that led to her resignation last month after 20 months on the job. Critics charged that the former Atlanta recreation and parks director and longtime city councilwoman was not committed to Columbia or her $130,000-a-year post.

In an interview with The Sun after her resignation announcement, McCarty said she planned to stay in Maryland. "I have no specific plans yet, but I live in Columbia and I plan to be here for a while," she said.

On May 3, her last day in office, she said she was in no rush to decide what to do next, but stressed she and her family would stay in Columbia. "I live here," she said.

Sixteen months after she succeeded Padraic M. Kennedy, McCarty had not registered her car locally, obtained a Maryland driver's license or registered to vote. In December, McCarty sold her home in Dorsey's Search and signed a six-month lease for a townhouse in River Hill.

McCarty maintained a residence in Atlanta - the same one she lived in before she came to Columbia - and her husband continued practicing law there. She spent much of a two-month leave of absence this year in Georgia, where her son was undergoing medical treatment.

McCarty could not be reached for comment. A minivan with Georgia tags was parked in her driveway Tuesday afternoon, but no one answered the door.

Her son is enrolled in a Howard County school, a spokeswoman said. The school year ends next week.

A second move has been scheduled for McCarty later this month, an A-One Moving Co. employee said.

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