Walker undecided about job as CFO for schools

June 06, 2006|By SARA NEUFELD | SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER

The Baltimore school board recently named its interim chief financial officer to the post permanently, but he has not decided whether to continue in the job because of a family tragedy.

John Walker had been filling in as chief financial officer since November, when Rose Piedmont left. Previously, he was an independent contractor with the schools finance office.

On May 26, the same week as Walker's appointment, his 23-year-old son, Patrick John Walker, was killed in an apparent road-rage incident in Bel Air. Police say he was stabbed in the neck by another motorist who thought the younger Walker had cut him off in traffic.

The chief financial officer of the city schools oversees about 300 employees. The school system has not yet negotiated Walker's contract, including his salary, system spokeswoman Edie House said.

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