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After outcry, Hayden policy changed


Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden's policy to cut off County Council members from direct access to bureaucrats has been clarified, modified or abandoned -- depending on which administration official is explaining it.

Acting Administrative Officer Merreen Kelly said last night he told the council members this week that they may once again seek information on constituent problems directly from bureaucrats.

"We're back to the old policy; it's business as usual," Kelly said at a county legislative reception in Annapolis last night.

Hayden aide Nicholas C. Spinnato, Sr., the designated conduit for the council's inquiries, said the policy has been "modified."

Hayden himself said it was merely "clarified."

Councilman Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-3rd, said the whole policy is over in his estimation.

Hayden had ordered all council inquiries for constituents to go through his staff aide Spinnato. That infuriated council members, who consider handling constituent matters among their chief duties as elected officials.

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