Baltimore County Revenue Authority chief stepping down

The chief executive of the Baltimore County Revenue Authority, which runs public parking, golf courses and an indoor skating rink and sports center, said Thursday that he has left the post to pursue another position.

"I'm leaving for something else," said William L. "Lynnie" Cook II, who has led the agency since 2006. "I had another opportunity, and I'm planning for that."

Cook, who said he is still technically an employee of the authority through the end of April, said he met with Donald P. Hutchinson, chairman of the Revenue Authority's board of directors, for about an hour last week and submitted a letter of resignation at that time. He said he met with the staff Monday and ceased to perform his official duties that day.

"I'm no longer an active employee as of Monday," said Cook. "I met with the staff and went over details with them."

Cook said he's "right in the middle of some negotiations" about his new job and could not discuss details.

Cook came to the Revenue Authority from a position as director of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., where he had worked for 20 years.

His predecessor's departure was handled very differently.

George Hale, who led the Revenue Authority for more than 10 years, announced that he would retire months in advance and stayed while the authority searched for his replacement.

Cook has come under fire a number of times in the past couple of years from Leslie M. Pittler, the longest-serving of the authority's five board members. Pittler criticized Cook's decision to hire a golf pro without putting the position out for bid, and for trying to bar authority employees from talking to board members without clearing it first with Cook.

Other members of the board did not publicly criticize Cook.

Pittler declined to comment for this article. Hutchinson did not return messages seeking comment.

Pittler, who has served on the board since 1998, often said Cook was running the agency too much like a private concern, with not enough accountability to the public.

Established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1955, the authority runs as a quasi-public agency. Its operations are supported by fees, not county funds, but the properties that generate the revenue are owned by the county.

The agency runs four parking garages and on-street metered parking, five golf courses and the Reisterstown Sportsplex, an indoor arena with an ice-skating rink and turf fields for soccer and lacrosse.

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