City Council president delays confirmation of parks director

Young says he needs more time to vet nominee

April 28, 2010|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

The confirmation of Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake's pick for recreation and parks director hit a roadblock Wednesday when Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young declared he wanted more time to vet the candidate.

"I need to make sure the next director … understands the challenges facing our youth and seniors and has a plan to meet them from Day 1," Young said in a statement.

Young thinks Gregory A. Bayor is qualified for the job but wants more details about how he would handle closures, spokesman Lester J. Davis said.

Bayor is the former Montgomery County director of recreation. He must be approved by the council before taking office.

Rawlings-Blake's preliminary budget scenario closed more than half the city's recreation centers, but she has pledged to keep them all open through the summer if the council passes a package of taxes to help close the city's $121 budget shortfall. How many — and which — centers would be closed when summer ends remains to be determined.

The director would determine over the summer which centers best meet community needs before deciding about closures, mayoral spokesman Ryan O'Doherty said.

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