Ronald L. Bowers' term as administrator for the state's Property Tax Assessment Appeals Boards expires at the end of this month, and while the governor's office said a new appointee will take over those duties July 1, Bowers declined to comment on whether he will be retiring from state employment until he's had some communication from Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
"In due respect to the governor's office, it would be inappropriate for me to comment until I have some information," Bowers said Wednesday.
Bowers, a Democrat and the former president of the Washington County Commissioners, was appointed by former Gov. Parris Glendening to a six-year term in 2000.
The new appointee is Kent Finkelson, but Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell could provide no further information about Finkelson on Wednesday.
Finkelson serves as assistant supervisor for assessments in Howard County, Md., but a woman in Howard County's assessment office said Finkelson was out of the office until Friday.