Council approves minority recruitment officer

Residents criticize resolution against sale of Cecil Knighton Property

September 12, 2000|By Amanda J. Crawford | Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF

The Annapolis city council approved in a closed-door session last night before its regular meeting the nomination of an Anne Arundel County school board member to serve as the city's equal employment opportunity and minority business enterprise officer.

Anthony Spencer, 48, a former lieutenant in the city fire marshal's office and faculty lecturer at the University of Maryland's Fire and Rescue Institute, will take over the position overseeing minority recruitment and business opportunities, which was vacated July 1 when Vaughn Phillips was asked to resign.

Nominated for the job by Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson, Spencer beat out 16 other applicants.

The position comes with a salary of $45,852, more than the $40,774 allotted in the budget after the salary for the vacant position was reduced from $52,040.

Spencer, who became the first black paramedic certified in the county in 1976, worked in the city's fire department from 1974 until he retired in 1997. He was appointed to the school board in August 1999.

At the council's regular meeting, the first since July, the city adopted a resolution to exempt donations to injured City Attorney Paul Goetzke and his family from ethics regulations.

Goetzke was partially paralyzed when he dived into shallow water in the Potomac River on Aug, 10.

More than a dozen residents criticized a resolution on the agenda, introduced by Alderman Samuel Gilmer and Johnson, that would prohibit the sale of any portion of the Cecil Knighton Property at West Street and Colonial Avenue acquired for a city parking garage.

Critics fear the resolution would hurt, if not rule out, small developers who want to renovate the older buildings on the property.

Gavin Buckley, owner of Tsunami restaurant on West Street, who wants to rehabilitate the quintet of 100-year-old buildings, said, "If this goes through, the only proposals that are going to go forward are those that support the demolition of those buildings."

As of 10 p.m. last night, the resolution had not been taken up by the council.

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