State Digest

STATE DIGEST

December 02, 2006

Maryland

Luminaries lead O'Malley transition

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's transition team has formed 22 committees to develop legislative priorities, identify people to lead state agencies and look for ways to reform Maryland government.

Each of the committees will be led by one to as many as four people who have volunteered to lend their expertise to O'Malley's search for ideas and people to help his administration when he takes office Jan. 17, transition leaders said.

FOR THE RECORD - A state digest item Saturday gave the incorrect party affiliation for Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo, a member of Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's transition team. Giammo is registered as an independent.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Many of the committee chairs are big names in state government and policy circles in Maryland. Among them:

Alvin Thornton, who led the commission that recommended spending $1.3 billion more a year on public education by 2008, will chair the public education working group.

Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo, a Republican who backed O'Malley in the election, will lead the committee on planning issues.

Former state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, a Baltimore Democrat who failed in her bid for Congress, will lead the efforts on aging issues.

Wayne Frazier, former chairman of Democrats for Ehrlich and president of the Maryland-Washington Minority Contractors Association, will help lead a committee on issues related to minority and women business owners.

T. Eloise Foster, a former state budget secretary, will chair the budget and management workgroup.

Steven S. Sharfstein, president and chief executive officer of Sheppard Pratt Health System, and Ron Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System, will lead the health and mental hygiene committee.

Doug Donovan

Hagerstown

Man sentenced for hitting teen in jail

A former employee of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services was sentenced to six months' unsupervised probation for hitting a teenager at a juvenile jail during an argument over the boy's phone privileges.

A videotape from May 6 at the Western Maryland Children's Center near Hagerstown shows Christopher Henderson, 28, of Baltimore slapping the teen in the face, forcing him to the floor and shaking him, according to Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap. Afterward, the teen complained of having a loose tooth, according to a state police report.

Henderson pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree assault. He received probation before judgment, which means his conviction will be expunged if he successfully completes his probation.

Officials with Juvenile Services declined to say why Henderson no longer works for the department.

Associated Press

Ocean City

Beach replenished with added sand

Nearly a million cubic yards of sand have been added to Ocean City's beach.

The town reported yesterday that its $7.5 million beach replenishment project was complete. Town engineer Terry McGean said the replenishments are usually done in the spring or summer, but this year officials tried the fall.

Associated Press

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