Annapolis official picked for county finance chief


Annapolis Alderman John R. Hammond, re-elected last month, was named yesterday as Anne Arundel County's director of finance.

Mr. Hammond, 45, a Republican, has represented the city's Ward 1, which includes the historic district, since 1977. He serves on the council's finance committee and is a trustee of the city's Police and Fire Pension Plan.

Mr. Hammond, who will receive a salary of $76,871, will retain his seat while he serves as director of finance. He said he discussed the possibility with County Executive Robert R. Neall that conflicts of interest might arise when the county does business with the city. "In those issues, I obviously can't participate," he said.

In addition, Mr. Neall announced that Walter N. Chitwood, who has been serving as acting chief administrative officer since Nov. 1, had been officially named to the post.

Mr. Neall also named M. Joseph Cannon, chairman of the county's Recreation Advisory Board, to head the department of Recreation and Parks.

All appointments take effect Dec. 30.

Mr. Neall has had to reshuffle his Cabinet twice since October, when he fired his chief administrative officer, Dennis H. Parkinson, because he felt that Mr. Parkinson was taking too long to complete key projects.

Mr. Parkinson was replaced by then-Finance Director Steven Welkos. But Mr. Welkos resigned last month, citing a need to take time off after his son's death.

Mr. Chitwood, who until the shake-up had been the director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, was first named acting finance director, then acting chief administrative officer with Mr. Welkos' resignation.

Until recently, Mr. Hammond had been working out of his home as a vice president for marketing for The Robert Plan, a New York automobile insurance company. Before that, he spent seven years as vice president for government and industry affairs for USF&G; in Baltimore.

He has also worked in various capacities for Baltimore Federal Financial and American Security Bank. He attended the Johns Hopkins University and received a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Chitwood, 45, has worked in county government for 15 years in several management positions, including controller, director of the Department of Public Works, director of the Office of Finance, deputy director of the Office of Central Services and deputy chief administrative officer.

An Annapolis resident, Mr. Chitwood has also worked in commercial property management and was an executive vice president of the Anne Arundel Trade Council.

He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore. He will earn $82,500 a year.

Mr. Cannon, a former financial executive with the U.S. Government Printing Office, retired in 1989 after 27 yars of service. A member of the county's Recreation Advisory Board since 1977, he was named chairman in 1988. A resident of Laurel, Mr. Cannon, 58, will receive a salary of $65,483 a year.

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