Hutchinson to stay as CEO, president of Maryland Zoo

November 18, 2009

Former Baltimore County Executive Donald P. Hutchinson has agreed to stay on as president and CEO of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, dropping the "interim" designation he has held since being hired in 2007. Hutchinson, 63, took the post with a 15-month mandate to straighten out the zoo's finances and help find his permanent replacement. "We are so pleased that he is having so much fun running the zoo that both he and the board have decided to extend his tenure," said zoo Chairman Eric Orlinsky. Hutchinson, a former state delegate, senator and Greater Baltimore Committee president, said he is "looking forward to continuing my work here." Since he took the reins, the zoo has renovated and improved exhibits, water quality and fire safety, and is "in the black for the second year in a row," he said. But it remains "a $16.5 million operation working under an $11.5 million budget. We will continue to struggle with our financial operations until we reach that milestone and move forward."

- Frank D. Roylance

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