Smith loses bet -- and title for a day

January 27, 2008

James T. Smith Jr. will report to work tomorrow in the county executive's office, but it won't be the one in Towson.

As the result of being on the losing end of a high school football wager, the Baltimore County executive will start his morning working as an assistant in Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's office in Ellicott City. Smith then will go to River Hill High School in Clarksville to speak to a government class, and the two executives will serve lunch to the River Hill football team's players and coaches, according to Smith's office.

River Hill defeated Baltimore County's Eastern Technical High School Mavericks in the Class 2A state football championship game Dec. 8 at M&T Bank Stadium. The executives had agreed that if River Hill won, Smith would serve as a special assistant to Ulman, and if Eastern Tech won, Ulman would go to Smith's office in the same capacity.

On Tuesday, Smith is scheduled to visit Eastern Tech in Essex to have lunch with the school's football team.

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