Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Planning hire questioned

Maryland Planning Secretary and former Prince George's County Councilwoman Audrey Scott said yesterday she's facing pestering questions about a recent hiring decision.

Scott hired Doug Burkhardt to run the state's Smart Growth office after conducting a four-month search. She said in an interview she had never met Burkhardt before their interview, but was impressed with his private-sector experience.

Not a factor, she said, was that Burkardt hired her daughter-in-law's consulting firm, Scott Strategies, in his failed bid for a seat on the Annapolis City Council last year.

Audrey Scott said she was offended by the suggestion the connection factored into her hiring decision.

"I don't know who her clients are," she said of her daughter-in-law. "She doesn't share that information with me. What we talk about is babies. She's expecting my grandchild."

"I did not know Doug Burkhardt was her client until reporters called me," she added.

By  |  February 14, 2006; 11:14 AM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Mfume declares support for same-sex marraige
Next: Plenty of heart in the Senate


That really is quite interesting when you look at his background (see link above). He doesn't appear to have an Urban Planning degree or any Municipal or Regional Planning experience,for instance. Private sector experience is great but how does that single qualification qualify you to direct plainning policy and programs so important to most Marylanders. This is the best person to direct Smart Growth in the State? I can see why you raised the issue and why its under scrutiny. I'd like to know more.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 14, 2006 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company