The Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association has named Del. David G. Boschert its executive director after Boschert said he made sure it won't conflict with his political duties.
Boschert, a 33rd District Republican from Crownsville, began his new position on Friday. But before he talked to ARTMA about the job, he said, he asked the House of Delegates' Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics if the job would conflict with his elected responsibilities.
"My responsibility as an elected official is to make sure I don't put myself in a position of a conflict of interest," he said yesterday.
The ethics committee told Boschert he could pursue the position as long as he didn't lobby for ARTMA funding, he said. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, neither of which deal with transportation budget issues.
ARTMA, a nonprofit organization, is committed to improving Annapolis transportation in cooperation with public and private partnerships. It encourages the use of alternative transportation, such as carpools, bicycles or shuttle buses. The group receives funding from businesses and an annual grant of about $50,000 from Anne Arundel County.
As executive director, Boschert will work on building relationships with agencies and recruiting new members to the 125-member group. He said he will be paid between $30,000 and $50,000 annually, but declined to be more specific.
"I just feel that, as a lifelong resident of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, traffic is a big concern down there," he said.
"I'm going to work on this to try and do what I can to alleviate that problem."
Boschert said he was attracted to the position because he worked on local transportation issues during his 10-year tenure on the Anne Arundel County Council. He said the council tried to enhance MARC ridership in Odenton and worked on improving transportation in Fort George G. Meade.
He also said he likes that the group receives private funding, which gives the private sector the opportunity to participate in important issues.
"Government is not the answer to all of our needs and all of our concerns," he said. "The private sector can take care of itself, and I'd like to give it the opportunity to do that."