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New Baltimore chief liquor inspector approved over Pratt's objections
New Baltimore chief liquor inspector approved over Pratt's objections

Baltimore's spending panel on Wednesday approved hiring a retired police officer as the city's new chief liquor inspector — over the objections of Comptroller Joan M. Pratt. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, voted 3-1 to hire Shelton Jones Jr. at a $72,000 salary. The board approved an exception for Jones to take the job while receiving his full city pension. Limits on re-hiring retired workers to city government are meant to prevent so-called "double dipping" situations in which an employee collects a paycheck and a pension at the same time. But liquor board executive Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth said Jones was the most...

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