Ulman names Enright to staff

Curran spokesman selected as county communications chief

January 03, 2007|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,sun reporter

Kevin Enright, the spokesman for Maryland's attorney general, whose brother Michael is Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's chief of staff, is Howard County's new communications director.

County Executive Ken Ulman announced the move yesterday. Enright, 41, of Towson, will replace Victoria Goodman, a 30-year county employee who held the post for the past eight years. Goodman will remain working this month, Ulman said, to provide a smooth transition.

"I'm really excited that Kevin accepted our offer," Ulman said. Enright's new job will start Jan. 10 and pay $113,900.

"Kevin and I have the same outlook when it comes to communications. We believe in being honest and being available when working with both the media and the public," Ulman said in a prepared announcement.

Enright said he was impressed with Ulman. "I was drawn by Ken's energy. When we spoke about communications in our interviews, we really did talk the same ballgame."

Although moving from a prestigious state agency to a local government, Enright said his staff at the county actually will be larger.

He's also excited about the opportunity to "get my two cents in" on operations of the county government's cable television channel.

Enright has held his state job since 2004, after spending the previous four years with the Baltimore Police Department in both public affairs and the commissioner's office.

Before that, he worked for seven years as a local television producer and reporter in Washington.

"Every day, Kevin uses his energy, enthusiasm and creativity to promote the great work of this office," former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said in a statement. Curran officially left office yesterday.

Goodman, 52, had talked last year about retiring once the political campaigns were over but more recently wasn't sure of her plans.

"Ken and I talked. Quite honestly, eight years in this job was a lot," she said, noting she'll have more time now to spend with her 10-year-old son.

Ulman called Goodman "a great friend and adviser" who had decided to retire.

"Vicki Goodman has lent her talent and creativity to projects too numerous to name," and brought the county national recognition, Ulman said.

Former County Executive James N. Robey praised Goodman, who started her county career in 1976, for what he called "a combination of talent, dedication and work ethic" that greatly expanded county government's public reach and showed her commitment to the county. Robey, a Democrat like Ulman, named Goodman to the top communications job when he took office in December 1998.

During her extended career, Goodman also played roles in promoting various government and local arts programs over the years, like the county's recycling program and Wine in the Woods, and in shaping the look and features of the government's computer Web site.

Her work was particularly important after the Sept. 11 attacks, when she focused on promoting community readiness, Robey said.

Like O'Malley, the Enrights grew up in Bethesda and attended Gonzaga High School, a Catholic school in Washington, where Michael Enright and O'Malley became friends. Kevin Enright said he's known O'Malley since 1980.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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