City parks director resigns position

November 09, 2007|By John Fritze

Connie A. Brown, appointed last year to serve as director of Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, resigned Wednesday, a spokesman for Mayor Sheila Dixon said yesterday.

Brown, who had served as acting director of the department since 2005, is the latest shake-up announced since Dixon took over City Hall this year.

In July, Dixon asked Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm to resign, and her chief of staff, Otis Rolley III, was expected to leave today.

Brown succeeded Kimberley A. Flowers, who held the post for three years before leaving to lead Washington's parks department. He was largely seen as someone who had good relations with the department's employees. The department oversees a 5,700-acre park system, about 200 ball fields and 225 playgrounds.

Anthony McCarthy, a spokesman for Dixon, said Brown intends to retire but first will be on a leave for about a month.

His last day will be next week, McCarthy said, and Portia Harris, an associate director, will take over on an interim basis until a replacement is found.

The position carries a $105,000 salary.

Dixon, who won election to a full, four-year term this week, has been saying for weeks that every city department head must reapply for his or her job. McCarthy would not comment on why Brown resigned.

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