Payne gets nod to be secretary of housing

Gov.-elect Parris N. Glendening named Patricia J. Payne as Maryland's new housing secretary yesterday.

Ms. Payne has been deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development since 1991 and has 15 years of experience with housing issues, including mortgage financing, building codes, federal grants, and historical and cultural activities.


She replaces Jacqueline H. Rogers, who has been secretary since July 1987.

Ms. Payne holds a master's degree in public administration from Loyola College, a master's in social work from the University of Maryland and has attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.


The governor-elect also named two new assistants at the housing department. Frank B. Coakley will become assistant secretary of the community development association, and Ellen Casale will become assistant secretary for neighborhood revitalization.

Mr. Glendening said the new housing officials will implement his policy to control development by directing growth to areas where roads, sewers and other infrastructure are already in place.

Mr. Coakley currently serves as executive vice president of the Baltimore Community Development Financing Corp., a position he took while on loan from his job as a vice president and project manager for NationsBank. He is a graduate of Morgan State College.

For the past six years, Ms. Casale has served as executive director of the Neighborhood Design Center, an organization that provides architecture planning and construction assistance to low-income communities. It has offices in Baltimore and Prince George's County.

She holds a master's degree in urban policy from the Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.

At a news conference in Salisbury earlier in the day, Mr. Glendening announced the reappointment of Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley, a poultry and grain farmer from Wicomico County who was first appointed last May.

Before that, Mr. Riley, a Republican, served 13 years in the General Assembly.

Also yesterday, Mr. Glendening announced the appointment of Linda S. Thompson as special secretary of the Governor's Subcabinet for Children, Youth & Families.


Ms. Thompson most recently served as chairwoman and associate professor in the School of Nursing's Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Before that, she was director of occupational medicine and safety in Baltimore and has been a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University and Coppin State College.