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Washington County delegate is new leader of United Way of Frederick County

April 09, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

ANNAPOLIS -- On Tuesday, Del. Richard B. Weldon Jr. took over as president and CEO of United Way of Frederick County, two months after his predecessor died.

He said in Annapolis on Monday, the final day of this year's legislative session, that his new position meshes well with his work as a delegate.

"There's a lot of similarities," he said. "The (United Way) job is about making people's lives better every day -- and maybe even more rewarding than public source."

Weldon, R-Frederick/Washington, announced about three months ago that he wouldn't seek a third term.

He plans to complete his current term in the House of Delegates while working for United Way of Frederick County.

Weldon asked William G. Somerville, an ethics counsel for the Maryland General Assembly, for advice before making that commitment.

Somerville said Monday that lawmakers in Maryland, which has a part-time legislature, often have private-sector jobs. They fill out disclosure forms to make clear their outside connections.

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It would be a conflict for a lawmaker to put in a bill directly related to his or her employer, Somerville said, but, otherwise, "generally, it's a matter of appearances."

Weldon's salary will be $77,000, said Pamela S. Dalton, the director of marketing & communications for United Way of Frederick County.

Weldon said Bill Kantz, his predecessor, died in February.

Kantz was president and CEO for 10 months, according to a United Way press release.

Weldon, 49, was the administrator for the City of Brunswick, Md., from 1994 to 1999. He was the City of Frederick's chief operations officer from 1999 to 2001.

In 2001 and 2002, he was a Frederick County commissioner.

Since leaving his Frederick city job, he has done some consulting work and, for a time, ran the Frederick SportsPlex.

Weldon, who is married and has three children and a grandson, said his decision to leave the General Assembly in 2010, after two terms, meant he'd need a steady full-time job at some point.

Members of the General Assembly are paid $43,500 a year.

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