County Executive Janet S. Owens hired her third chief of staff in as many years yesterday, tapping a high-ranking Anne Arundel Community College official for the vacant job. Fred G. Schram, dean of administrative services, will start next month and will earn $78,376 a year.
Schram does not have the vast political and governmental experience of his predecessor, Marvin Bond, who resigned March 6. Bond spent nearly 30 years in the state comptroller's office and was press officer and assistant comptroller to Louis Goldstein.
Owens, noting Schram's 25 years with the college and the Prince George's County government, said he has the right qualities for the job.
"Fred is more than just a top manager. He is a bright, articulate, consensus builder," she said.
Schram, who is 51 and lives in Arnold, called the job "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" and said he looks forward to the challenges.
What those challenges will be "will be defined by the county executive and Mr. Schram, but clearly this is a highly skilled manager who can handle just about anything government would throw at him," said Owens spokesman Andrew C. Carpenter.
During Schram's six years as dean of administrative services, the college built four classroom buildings, renovated four others and installed a campuswide emergency-management system.
Owens has had trouble with her chief of staff selections since she was elected in November 1998. Owens and Bond parted ways after a little more than a year.
Bond replaced Linda Gilligan, whom Owens demoted months after the election because Gilligan did not tell her that her brother-in-law, Michael Gilligan, was a paid lobbyist for developers trying to build an auto racetrack in Pasadena.