Interim chief made head of city's human resources

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Baltimore & Region

November 11, 2005|By JOHN FRITZE

Gladys B. Gaskins, who has managed government workers for nearly 20 years, was named director of Baltimore's Department of Human Resources yesterday by Mayor Martin O'Malley.

Gaskins will oversee recruitment, salary and benefits of city employees. Gaskins, who will be paid $127,000 annually, has served as the department's interim director since April, when Elliott L. Wheelan left for a similar job in Richmond, Va.

Gaskins served as the department's chief of employee benefits, where she managed the city's $267 million health insurance program, according to the mayor's office. She also served as the director of employee benefits for the state of Maryland from 1997 to 2004.

"As the cost of providing good health benefits to employees continues to stress both the private and public sector, Ms. Gaskins' wealth of experience in benefits management will help guide us in serving both the taxpayers' and employees' best interests," O'Malley said in a statement released by his office.

Gaskins graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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