Busch names six delegates to panel in hiring investigation


House Speaker Michael E. Busch named the six delegates yesterday who will serve on a committee investigating the Ehrlich administration's personnel practices.

As he had promised, Busch named Del. Adrienne A. Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat, as the House's co-chair of the committee, and Del. George C. Edwards, the House minority leader from Western Maryland, as a member.

The other members are Del. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George's Democrat who is returning this month from military duty in Iraq; Del. Galen R. Clagett, a Frederick County Democrat; Del Jean B. Cryor, a Montgomery County Republican; and Del. Maggie L. McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat and chairwoman of the House Environmental Matters Committee.

"These people are a good cross-section with good backgrounds who will draw conclusions based on where the investigation takes them," Busch said.

The investigation was sparked by complaints that officials in Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration fired longtime civil servants for political reasons. The administration denies the allegation.

The delegates join six senators on the committee. State Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, a Charles County Democrat, will serve as the Senate co-chair.

Last month, legislative leaders asked the committee to meet over the summer and decide on the format and scope of the investigation, which would then take place in the fall.

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