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Former Balto. finance chief named Arundel controller


William R. Brown Jr., Baltimore's finance director in the Kurt L. Schmoke administration, has been named Anne Arundel County's finance chief, County Executive Janet S. Owens announced yesterday.

Brown, who will start Monday and make $88,241 a year, will have the newly reconstituted title of controller. The position's duties were merged with the budget office in the early 1990s as a cost-cutting move.

Owens announced she was reviving the controller position in March after a stinging independent audit of the county's 1999 finances. The audit flagged an apparent $11 million discrepancy in purchasing accounts, later attributed to human error.

More recently, it was disclosed that the finance office has exercised lax oversight of county-issued credit cards.

Brown replaces Alfred Warfield, who has held the position on an interim basis. Brown was Baltimore's finance director from 1989 until early this year, when Mayor Martin O'Malley replaced him after being elected. Before that, Brown spent 12 years in a similar job in Prince George's County.

While in Baltimore, Brown received accolades for helping to maintain the city's bond rating and keeping Baltimore solvent while other cities had deficits.

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