Gary administration taking shape with more top appointments


County Executive John G. Gary announced more members of his administration yesterday, naming a chief of staff and reappointing four officials who worked for his predecessor.

To the chief of staff post, Mr. Gary appointed Kenneth H. Rumsey, who serves as executive director of the state Department of Human Resource's Child Support Enforcement Administration but had spent 20 years working as a financial manager in the private sector.

"I've spent a lot of time cutting budgets and restructuring organizations," said Mr. Rumsey, 53. "I'd like to bring my professional management experience to the job."

The new county executive has acknowledged that he faces a tough job in leading a government with revenues limited by a voter-approved property tax cap and possible declines in state aid.

In hopes of sharpening the county's cost-cutting ax, he turned to experience in the private sector. Mr. Rumsey has held financial management posts at Classic Corp., Bendix Corp., Xerox Corp. and Ford Motor Co.

His new job begins Jan. 23 and will pay $65,000 to $75,000 annually.

"He's certainly going to be the county executive's right-hand man," Larry Telford, Mr. Gary's spokesman, said of Mr. Rumsey. "He deals a lot in forming policy with the county executive."

Mr. Gary also made official the appointment of Steven R. Cover to be director of the county's Office of Planning and Code Enforcement.

Mr. Cover, 38, will oversee development of the county's new master plan and comprehensive rezoning, as well as the drafting of new laws and the enforcement of building regulations.

In addition, Mr. Gary reappointed four county officials: Robert Dvorak, Richard Baker, Thomas Andrews and Joseph Cannon. That brings to eight the number of directors and high-level staffers who worked for the last county executive, Republican Robert R. Neall, and were reappointed by Mr. Gary.

* Mr. Dvorak will be chief administrative officer, a post he has held since August.

He will manage the Budget and Finance, Central Services and Personnel offices.

Mr. Dvorak, 56, also had been as acting director of planning and code enforcement, the post now being filled by Mr. Cover. Environmentalists in the county had condemned Mr. Dvorak's decisions regarding development.

* Mr. Baker, 43, will stay on as superintendent of the Anne Arundel County Detention Center. He will oversee all activity at the jail and play a key role in awarding contracts for the proposed detention center in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Gary has said that he wants to make the $27 million detention center one of the first privately run county jails in Maryland, and he has instructed Mr. Baker to review bids by private corporations seeking to operate it.

* Mr. Andrews was reappointed as land use and environment officer, a post he has filled for two years.

Mr. Andrews, 52, will manage the Planning and Code Enforcement and Public Works departments.

* Mr. Cannon, 59, will continue as director of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

For the past year, Mr. Cannon has supervised decisions on land purchases, building and maintenance on county-owned land and recreational programs in county parks.

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