A Setback for an Ehrlich Patronage Employee
The ice dancer suffered a tough break this week.
On Tuesday, Maryland's Court of Special Appeals reversed an administrative law judge's decision that Gregory Maddalone, a patronage employee of former Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), had been improperly fired shortly after Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took office in 2007.
At the time, Maddalone was working as an "emergency response manager" at the Maryland Department of Transportation, a position for which he received a starting salary of $74,967.
Maddalone was known in Annapolis circles for his role in helping identify state employees to fire during the early part of Ehrlich's administration. He contended that O'Malley's first transportation secretary, John D. Porcari, sacked him solely for political reasons.
In its ruling, the Court of Special Appeals found that Porcari also had sufficient knowledge of Maddalone's qualifications -- or lack thereof -- to legally terminate him.
The ruling makes for an entertaining read, including the section that describes Maddalone's qualifications, which we quote in full:
"At all the relevant times in this case, Maddalone's educational background and work experience were as follows. He held a high school diploma. He did not hold a college degree or any other post-high school degree, and had never attended a four-year college. During his state employment, he earned some credits toward an Associate's Degree at the Community College of Baltimore County. He was a professionally trained and proficient ice skater who had participated successfully in that sport since childhood. His prior work experience, except for his employment as an aide to former Congressman Ehrlich, was as an ice skater, and, more specifically, as an ice dancer."
The entire ruling can be found here.
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