Countywide News

May 21, 2006

Cochran announces bid for sheriff post

When Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief Gary W. McLhinney decided he was not going to run for Harford County Sheriff last week, a group of Republicans looking for another candidate found their choice seated at the table.

On Monday, Norman R. Cochran, a former president of the Harford Republican Club and a long-tenured law enforcement officer, announced at a Republican golf fundraiser that he would seek the position.

Sheriff R. Thomas Golding said last month that he would not seek the post.

"I've always thought about it," Cochran said of his candidacy. "With a law enforcement background diversified between a number of agencies, I've always eyed that position."

Cochran, 59, previously ran for County Council president in 2002, losing by 700 votes in the Republican primary to Robert S. Wagner.

His law enforcement experience includes 26 years with the Maryland State Police. He retired in 2001 to work as a private investigator in Fallston, then joined McLhinney at the MdTA in 2004, where he is the manager of the career development unit.

Cochran said he has not decided whether he will withdraw his candidacy for the Republican Central Committee. He cannot serve in both capacities.

Other sheriff candidates include Maj. L. Jesse Bane and Terry W. Serago, both Democrats, and Dave Tritt, a Republican. Serago and Tritt have no law enforcement experience.

Steele makes stops around Aberdeen

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele spent Thursday in Aberdeen, attending a luncheon at Aberdeen Proving Ground for Military Appreciation Week and taking a bus tour of the city with Mayor S. Fred Simmons and Sen. Nancy Jacobs.

Steele, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said the stop was part of his vow to visit all 157 municipalities in the state. Aberdeen was his 90th visit, staffers said.

"This is marking a new era for this community," he told a crowd of politicians and government contractors at the ribbon-cutting for Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., which became the first of the large contractors to make the move to the area under a national military base consolidation. "There are 49 other states that are very jealous right now about what's going to happen here."

Afterward, Steele hopped on a bus and visited the Math and Science Academy at Aberdeen High School, where he posed for pictures with the academy's freshmen and sophomores.

At Ripken Stadium, Billy Ripken walked Steele and his staff to Cal Sr.'s Yard, which hosts the Cal Ripken World Series and will soon have a finished replica of Camden Yards' B&O Warehouse. The group stood about 100 feet behind the center-field wall, where a 12-year- old's home run landed last year, Ripken said.

The last stop was Battelle Memorial Institute, a national nonprofit research company.

Chenowith remains in the hospital

Councilwoman Veronica "Roni" L. Chenowith remained hospitalized last week as she undergoes treatment for leukemia.

Chenowith, who has represented Fallston and Abingdon on the council since 1994, has been recovering at Johns Hopkins Hospital since early May. She issued a press release in which she pledged to continue her campaign for re-election and vowed to return May 18.

The council voted on the county budget Tuesday with just four of seven members present.

Transportation meeting Tuesday

The Harford County Transportation Management Association will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center, 1201 Technology Drive, Aberdeen.

Association members serve as advocates for convenient, effective and efficient transportation to support the needs of citizens, businesses and government.

Corey Krejcik, project manager for VPSI Inc., will describe how vanpooling can help companies and employees; and how a ZIP-code analysis can aid employers with meeting the transportation needs of their workers.

The Best Workplaces for Commuters List will be discussed and how companies can get on it. By earning this designation, businesses receive local and national recognition for being a great place to work.

VPSI will have commuter vans on site for viewing.

Information: 410-638-3103.

Jarrettsville library to open Wednesday

A ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Jarrettsville library branch will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at 3722 Norrisville Road.

The Jarrettsville Elementary School band will perform.

Speakers will include Audra L. Caplan, director of the Harford County Public Library; Jennifer Vido, chairman of the county library board of trustees; David R. Craig, Harford County executive; John Stewart Jr., president of the Jarrettsville Friends of the county library and several elected officials.

Information: 410-459-8030.

County Council OKs board appointments

The Harford County Council approved on Tuesday four executive appointments to the Board of Ethics submitted by County Executive David R. Craig.

Craig reappointed Douglas DeLeaver of Abingdon to the board for a term expiring Sept. 14, 2009.

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