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Metzner says Council likely to nix Ruth Callaham appointment

August 12, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

One of Hagerstown Mayor Richard F. Trump's choices for a political appointment is no sure thing after a closed discussion on the matter Tuesday, City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Thursday.

During the public portion of Tuesday's work session in City Hall, Trump called for a consensus poll of the council on Ruth Anne Callaham's possible appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The council instead decided to discuss the appointment in closed session, a move often made in personnel matters.

Callaham ran for City Council earlier this year on a slate with Trump. Before Trump won the mayoral race, he was a member of the zoning board. The zoning board has authority to approve some city building projects.

Metzner said Thursday there was a "lengthy" discussion on Trump's choice, but "I do not recall one single person saying anything negative about Ruth Anne Callaham."

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Metzner said despite that fact, "I do not expect her to be nominated right now" as a result of the conversation and said he would be surprised if the nomination appeared on the agenda at the city's Aug. 23 voting session.

Metzner declined to say if there was consensus among the council for or against Callaham's nomination, citing executive session confidentiality.

Callaham did not return a message seeking comment left on her mobile phone Thursday afternoon.

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