D'Adamo may take job with state police

Democrat was expected to get Ehrlich appointment

April 18, 2003|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF

Since Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. became governor in January, the Baltimore City Council has been rife with speculation about when Councilman Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr. would land a job in the Republican's administration.

As the council's sole Democrat to support Ehrlich, D'Adamo assumed a state government job would be forthcoming.

But for months he heard nothing. This week, the 1st District councilman finally got the call from a state official just as familiar as the governor: Edward T. Norris, the embattled superintendent of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore's former police commissioner.

D'Adamo said he will be working as a community liaison for the state police, but that he has received no official title or start date.

At first D'Adamo said the governor had called Norris on his behalf, but then he said it was Norris alone who made him the job offer.

"Ehrlich never promised me anything," D'Adamo said. "This job was offered to me by Norris. We always worked together as a team" when Norris was police commissioner.

D'Adamo said he would tour the state to address community concerns with the state police. But he was nervous that he may be jeopardizing the job by speaking on the subject before an official announcement.

"I should refer questions to the police," D'Adamo said. "I'm used to being my own boss on the council and maybe I said too much."

State police officials reached yesterday knew nothing of D'Adamo's new position and could not comment. An Ehrlich spokesman said he was not permitted to discuss personnel issues.

Several of D'Adamo's colleagues were more than happy to discuss the news, saying D'Adamo had told several of them at a dinner this week.

"He helped Ehrlich win and you reward people who help you," said Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young. "There's nothing wrong with him getting a job."

But many council members have accused D'Adamo of recently launching into public tirades against Mayor Martin O'Malley on the council chamber floor in order to prove his loyalty to Ehrlich.

Council members have long considered D'Adamo and O'Malley as good friends, frequently noting that D'Adamo would regularly arrive at O'Malley's home on Sunday bearing doughnuts until shortly after Ehrlich's election.

D'Adamo said that he has always been critical of O'Malley and that he was informally offered the state job as early as January, weeks before his O'Malley rants began.

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