Pursuing his pledge to build an inclusive administration, Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday the nomination of a woman and an African-American for his third and fourth Cabinet-level appointments.
Ehrlich selected Audrey E. Scott, a former Prince George's County Council member, to be secretary of planning and Boyd K. Rutherford, an associate administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, to be secretary of the Department of General Services.
In a statement about the appointments, Ehrlich described Scott and Rutherford as veteran government workers who will play key leadership roles in strengthening the state. He described Rutherford as having "a history of helping dreams become reality" and Scott -- who was Bowie's first female mayor -- as having "the type of leadership we want to re-establish in state government."
Shareese DeLeaver, an Ehrlich spokeswoman, said Rutherford and Scott are both progressives who provide strong support for the new administration. "The overriding commonality is they share the vision of the Ehrlich-Steele administration," she said.
The appointments were announced on a day when Ehrlich took further steps to complete his transition from Congress to the governor's mansion with the donation of his congressional papers to Towson University. In a morning ceremony at the school yesterday, Ehrlich gave more than a dozen boxes of documents to the school and said he expects to deliver as many as 70 more.
More appointments due
After the hour of speeches by Ehrlich and university officials, he returned to preparations for his inauguration Jan. 15. He expects to complete all Cabinet-level appointments by then, DeLeaver said.
In addition to Scott and Rutherford, Ehrlich has selected former Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris to be head of the state police and longtime congressional aide R. Karl Aumann to serve as secretary of state.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, whose legislative body must confirm Cabinet appointments, said he believes Ehrlich is making sound choices for the state's top jobs.
Scott "has a very good personality," said Miller, a Prince George's County Democrat. "She certainly is liked by her constituents. She's had a good record of constituent service."
Although he does not know Rutherford, Miller said, he trusts Ehrlich's judgment. "I will look at his resume, but I assume he's a well-qualified person."
Rutherford, a 45-year-old Columbia resident, was appointed associate administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Small Business Utilization in 2001 by President Bush. Last year, he also became associate administrator for the Office of Performance Improvement.
Rutherford earned his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Howard University. He later earned a law degree and a master's degree in communications management from the University of Southern California.
Prince George's roles
Scott, a 67-year-old Bowie resident, has held various political posts in Prince George's County, including Bowie City Council member, mayor of Bowie and Prince George's County Council member. In 1981, she was appointed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as special assistant in Community Planning and Development, and later as general deputy assistant secretary.
"Obviously, I'm very, very excited to join the Ehrlich administration," Scott said.
Added Rutherford, "I'm certain the administration is going to be successful in representing the citizens of the state of Maryland."