City's deputy comptroller takes law agency job

Baltimore's deputy comptroller, Shirley A. Williams, has taken an administrative job with the city Law Department and is being replaced by B. Harriette Taylor, the acting director of the Legal Aid Bureau.

Williams, a longtime city employee who was acting city comptroller for nearly two years after Jacqueline F. McLean resigned in a corruption scandal in 1994, will head the Law Department's new management division. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the budget and directing the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office.


"I enjoyed my time in the comptroller's office. I'm very excited about this new opportunity," said Williams, who was appointed deputy comptroller in 1992 after working for the Department of Public Works and the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office.

Taylor, acting director of the Legal Aid Bureau since April 1995, began work yesterday at a salary in the "high 60s," said Comptroller Joan M. Pratt.


Pratt, who was elected to the city's third-most-powerful office last year, said she knew for months that Williams had been offered a position in the administration of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, adding, "I was gratified that she was able to stay as long as she did."

Pratt, a former controller at Legal Aid, noted that Taylor, like Williams, is a lawyer.

"I felt this job should be held by someone with a legal background," said Pratt, noting that the office regularly reviews contracts between the city and its vendors.

Pub Date: 9/17/96