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.
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