City Hall staffer to fill schools post


Baltimore's city school board appointed a City Hall staffer last night to temporarily fill the position of chief operating officer.

J. Keith Scroggins, who heads the Bureau of General Services at the city Department of Public Works, will assume the job vacated last month by Eric Letsinger.

Letsinger was fired after taking 10 school system and city employees on a fishing trip. Though he paid for the $1,600 trip himself, there were questions about whether he had intended to use public funds before details were made public on the radio. The state prosecutor's office is investigating the matter.

Like Scroggins, Letsinger worked for the city as a deputy housing commissioner before joining the school system. Several City Hall employees have been hired for top school system jobs in recent years.

As chief operating officer, Scroggins will oversee more than 1,000 employees in departments including transportation, food services, school police and facilities.

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