Mark M. Atkisson promoted to job of personnel officer
Mark M. Atkisson, personnel manager in the Department of Public Works, was promoted Friday to county personnel officer, a job he had been filling on an acting basis since Randall J. Schultz resigned in the fall.
"We need someone who, over the long haul, can bring the county's personnel system into the 21st century," County Executive Janet S. Owens said in announcing the appointment. "Mark has the experience to do that."
Atkisson, 46, will be responsible for recruitment, benefits, leave, labor relations and disciplinary action for about 4,000 county workers.
A 1977 graduate of the Naval Academy, Atkisson served for 20 years as a submarine officer and an administrator, coordinating training and readiness programs for about 1,100 people. He was hired as the department's personnel manager in 1997.
Atkisson, who lives in Huntingtown, in Calvert County, with his wife and two children, will be paid about $72,000 annually, a $9,000 per year increase.
Schultz resigned in October amid bitterness with labor unions after contract talks and questions about his conduct toward his former secretary.
Stabilizing work begins on historic Annapolis house
The pouring of concrete Friday marked the beginning of stabilization work at Maynard-Burgess House, which was home to two black families in Annapolis from 1847 to 1900.
Situated across Duke of Gloucester Street from City Hall, the city-owned building might become a museum interpreting the lives of black residents of Annapolis before and after the Civil War.
How it is used depends on continued funding, said Brian Alexander, president of Historic Annapolis Foundation.
The foundation is overseeing the stabilization work, which also includes restoring windows and siding, fortifying the framework and replacing the roof. The $212,000 face-lift is being assisted by a cooperative agreement involving the state, the city, the Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland and the foundation.
The support includes a $22,500 grant announced in April at a state preservation conference by the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, which said, "The preservation of the house is a tribute to the aspirations of the free black population in the 1800s which also offers insight into their lives."
Gala begins 8 days of events for opening of arts center
Ticket sales are continuing for a gala Saturday evening that will celebrate the opening of Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.
The $200-a-ticket event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the center on Hammonds Lane, will also honor Del. Joan Cadden, a Brooklyn Park Democrat who is credited with developing the arts center concept and persuading state and county officials to secure funding.
The gala will be the start of eight days of events in connection with the opening celebration. They will include a concert by country-western singer Crystal Gayle on Jan. 16 and Eddie Carroll's one-man tribute, "Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom," on Jan. 18.
Tickets to the Gayle concert are $30 for Chesapeake Center members and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets for the Jack Benny tribute are $12 and $15, respectively. Information or to order tickets: 410-636-6597.