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Glassman names mentors, supporters, potential cabinet picks to transition team

Harford County Executive David Craig, left, and Barry Glassman discuss transition matters the morning after Glassman was elected to succeed Craig in Tuesday's general election. Glassman's transition team also went to work Wednesday in preparation for the Dec. 1 changeover in administrations.
Harford County Executive David Craig, left, and Barry Glassman discuss transition matters the morning after Glassman was elected to succeed Craig in Tuesday's general election. Glassman's transition team also went to work Wednesday in preparation for the Dec. 1 changeover in administrations. (Courtesy of Harford County government / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Harford County executive-elect Barry Glassman's transition team includes many of his political mentors, some key supporters and advisors and some likely appointees in his new administration.

The team got right down to business Wednesday in preparation for the change in leadership when Glassman will succeed David Craig on Dec. 1.

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"I have created these transition teams to include citizens who interact with county government and to give them a voice in its reorganization," Glassman said in a statement..

The team is broken down by departments, with a chair and between three and six other members for each group. Transition spokesperson Cindy Mumby said some additional people may be added "as the process moves forward."

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The chairs are: law department, retired Circuit Court Judge Emory Plitt Jr.; human resources, Sheryl Davis-Kohl; planning and zoning, Tim Hopkins; licenses and permits, Dr. Richard Streett Jr.; community services, Barbara Richardson; economic development, J. Thomas Sadowski; procurement, Craig Ward; treasury, Steve Wiseman; public works, Bruce McMillan; emergency services, Larry Richardson; parks and recreation, Tom Mottley; IT, Jen Sychck; health department, David Hexter; administration, James Fielder Jr.

Davis-Kohl is a former state delegate. Streett is a major Glassman supporter. Sadowski is a former Harford economic development chief. Ward, Hopkins, Wiseman and Mottley are all active in the county's private business sector. Fielder is the administrator for the Town of Bel Air and a former state secretary of licensing and regulation.

Among team members believed to be under consideration for posts in Glassman's cabinet are outgoing County Council President Billy Boniface, outgoing Baltimore County Del. Jim Malone, county council attorney Melissa Lambert, Cecil County's emergency services director Richard Brooks and current county Economic Development Director Jim Richardson.

Other team members include former Dels. William Cox Jr., Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack and William Clark; former council president Jeffrey Wilson; Robert Infussi, former director of community and government affairs; Tim Impallaria, president of the sheriffs deputies' union; lawyers Eric McLauchlin and Jay Young; Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti, who was elected to the House of Delegates Tuesday; Councilman Chad Shrodes and his wife, Amber; Councilman Joe Woods; former Aberdeen city councilman Mike Hiob; Harford County airport and local construction company official Shawn Pyle; state senator-elect Wayne Norman; land use activist Morita Bruce; longtime Harford volunteer fire service leaders Ben Kurtz and Gene Washington; and local clergy members Pastor Mary Brooks and Bishop Roger Tateum.

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Glassman said in a statement he will initiate a restructuring of county government on Dec. 2, the day after he takes office, that will include an early retirement incentive for employees.

"The purpose of this restructuring is to rightsize local government and build a culture that puts people first. Despite fiscal pressures, my objectives are to provide efficient, customer-driven services for our citizens and to reinvest in our county workforce," he said.

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