Weldon takes job as executive assistant to Frederick mayor
Republican Central Committee to nominate his replacement in the Maryland House of Delegates
Richard B. Weldon Jr. announced Friday that he is resigning his posts as a state delegate and CEO of United Way of Frederick County to accept the job of executive assistant for Frederick city Mayor Randy McClement.
At a press conference on Friday, Weldon (Unaffiliated-Dist. 3B) of Brunswick said it was not easy to accept the mayor's top administrative position, especially because he would have to leave the United Way and resign his position as a state delegate before completing his second, four-year term.
But for Weldon, the opportunity to go back into local government was too good to pass up.
"I love local government," he said. "I like that it has immediate results. The numbers are smaller but it's just as complicated."
His first day on the job will be Dec. 28.
Weldon worked as a Brunswick city administrator from 1994 to 1999 and was the chief operations officer under former Frederick Mayor Jim Grimes from 1999 to 2001.
As the mayor's executive assistant, Weldon will be paid $85,123 a year. He will work closely with McClement and oversee the city's day-to-day operations.
He will be in charge of the Office of Economic Development, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Frederick Municipal Airport and the Frederick Community Action Agency, as well as construction projects and any other duties assigned by the mayor.
"It's definitely a full-time job," McClement said.
McClement said he selected Weldon for the position because he was sure Weldon has the knowledge and experience to do the job, especially in the upcoming times of budget difficulties for the city.
Weldon also was on McClement's transition team. "I've known Rick for a long time," said McClement, who said he was pleased Weldon accepted the offer.
Weldon said he regrets leaving behind his full-time job at United Way of Frederick County. He took the job as president and CEO at the nonprofit in April 2008.
He said he plans to volunteer his time and work with staff to identify candidates for the CEO position. Weldon also plans to continue to volunteer at the nonprofit whenever he has time.
"I have some nights and weekends," he said.
Weldon said he has informed the other members of the General Assembly's Frederick delegation that he is resigning from his state delegate position effective immediately.
The Republican Central Committee will hold a multi-step process fill the position, said Billy Shreve, committee vice chairman.
Shreve, who will chair the nomination committee, said the first step will be to advertise the position and collect resumes. The top three candidates will be interviewed and the nomination committee will select and announce their top candidate. The final candidate will have to be approved by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), Shreve said.
"It's a very difficult thing to do," Shreve said. "You have a small committee doing the work of an entire district of voters."
The goal is to fill the position before the beginning of the legislative session on Jan. 13, Shreve said. The committee plans to release specific application dates and deadlines after Dec. 21.
Weldon was first elected as a state delegate in 2002, served a four-year turn and was re-elected to serve another four-year term ending in 2010.
He previously announced that he would not run for re-election in 2010.
Weldon said he is excited to start working for the city. "I love this place. I love working with the people who love this place," he said. "I feel like I am back home again. I think this is going to be an incredible adventure."
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