Former prosecutor appointed as aide to county executive; Robey's ex-assistant likely to return to family business


Sang W. Oh, a former county assistant state's attorney, has been appointed executive assistant to County Executive James N. Robey, replacing Bev Wilhide, who has held the job for eight years.

Oh, 32, of Ellicott City began the $57,814 job yesterday.

"When Jim [Robey] was police chief, I was a prosecutor and there was a lot of mutual admiration. We kept in touch," Oh said yesterday, adding that contact over a period of months led to the job.

Wilhide, who said she likely will return to her family's retail flower business, said she agreed to stay temporarily at Robey's request after the Democrat won the November election.

"This is a very politically sensitive job, and I am a Republican," Wilhide said. "He needs his own people."

She added that "Jim and I are good friends," and her departure involves no hard feelings.

Oh, a 1994 University of Baltimore Law School graduate, worked three years in the state's attorney's office, leaving in 1997.

He also had a six-month internship in the county Office of the Public Defender and lately had been helping operate a family-owned liquor business.

In making the announcement, Robey said Oh "is a hard worker whose style complements not only my own, but also that of the other team members I have in place."

Pub Date: 3/09/99

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