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Perluke withdraws from nomination to economic post

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BEL AIR -- Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann avoided a potential political embarrassment last night when longtime political ally Patricia A. Perluke withdrew her nomination to become the county's new director of economic development.

Ms. Perluke's chances for confirmation to the $51,000-a-year job grew increasingly dim late last week after routine background checks of her resume by council members turned up several inconsistencies and resulted in allegations of resume padding.

A member of Mrs. Rehrmann's campaign and transition team, Ms. Perluke officially informed the executive of her decision yesterday, hours before scheduled confirmation hearings before the County Council.

"We got a lot of calls," said Councilwoman Theresa M. Pierno, D-District C. "When the checks were done to the resume, they didn't check out."

The most prominent inconsistency dealt with Ms. Perluke's assertion that she had worked simultaneously with Business Consulting Group Inc. and the state Department of Employment and Economic Development from 1987 to 1989.

The state agency's records showed that she worked only as a contractual employee from January 1988 to August 1988. Ms. Perluke said she did volunteer work for the agency before and after her contract.

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