Retired city official takes job with state Former liquor board chief joins comptroller's office


Aaron L. Stansbury, who retired last summer as executive secretary to the Baltimore liquor board, has been hired for a $43,032-a-year post in the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Unit of the state comptroller's office.

Stansbury, 50, was named to the position of assistant administrator in the unit by Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and began working Oct. 30.

As a 28-year city employee, Stansbury took advantage of an early-retirement program and in July left his $59,000-a-year post as secretary to the Board of Liquor License Commissioners of Baltimore City. Under the program, he became eligible to begin collecting his city pension upon retirement.

"When it was presented to me that it was a possibility, I pursued it," Stansbury said of the position in the comptroller's office. "It was an excellent opportunity for me."

Marvin A. Bond, a spokesman for Goldstein, said that the comptroller's office had no problem with the arrangement and that nothing in the law prohibits it.

"The man earned his retirement," Bond said. "He did take the early retirement with the city, but he did so without any knowledge of this position."

Bond said the comptroller's office sought out Stansbury after hearing that he had retired last summer.

"He knows all the players on the state level and the national level and he knows the practices across the state," he said. "He was the glue that held the city liquor board together."

As secretary to the city board, Stansbury oversaw the 46-member staff of the city's liquor licensing and inspection office.

"I had been employed with the agency for 28 years, the last eight or nine as director, the day-to-day administrator," Stansbury said. "That gave me a good working knowledge of the laws as they relate to alcoholic beverages in the state of Maryland."

In his new post, he is supervising about 20 employees, Bond said.

The position Stansbury filled was vacated earlier this year by Marion C. "Buddy" Schanze, an assistant administrator who retired last summer after more than 30 years with the office, Bond said.

"Mr. Stansbury has 28 years of experience in state and local regulation of the alcoholic beverage industry," Goldstein said. "His professionalism and knowledge of Maryland's liquor laws and issues surrounding those laws will be a tremendous asset to the comptroller's office."

Pub Date: 12/02/96

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