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Job change reportedly due for city's chief of legislative reference


Bernard F. "Buzz" Murphy, longtime director of Baltimore's legislative reference service, is being transferred to an unspecified job in the city's law department, according to City Hall sources.

Mr. Murphy, 51, who has run the Department of Legislative Reference since 1978, has been on extended medical leave since early November.

The seldom-convened, five-member Board of Legislative Reference, which oversees the department, is expected to discuss Mr. Murphy's status at a meeting Monday. Mr. Murphy declined to comment.

As director of the service, which has 10 employees and an annual budget of $719,164, Mr. Murphy earns $68,300 a year.

The department drafts legislation for the City Council, publishes and distributes the City Code and annual supplements, and maintains the financial disclosure forms of city employees.

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