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Weston: Homan Controls Pension Board

The president of the union representing active and retired police officers says the county administrative officer is responsible for "one-sided" July pension board vote.

The president of the union that represents active and retired Baltimore County police officers said Thursday that a July pension board vote was "one-sided" and orchestrated by County Administrative Officer Fred Homan.

"There is a real lack of oversight," said Cole Weston, who is a former member of the pension system board of trustees. "The pension board is largely comprised of members who are department heads who answer directly to [Homan]."

Weston made his comments during an interview about a July vote by the board that approved a to the county to pay for a new recycling center at the Texas landfill in Cockeysville.

Homan, as county administrative officer, controls not only the project in question, but is also a member of the pension board.

Homan is listed as the pension board representative for the county executive according to a list provided by the county last month. Other members include:

  • Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson
  • Keith Dorsey, director of Budget and Finance
  • Edward Adams, director of Public Works
  • George Gay, director of Human Resources
  • Retired police Major Joseph Zerhusen, who currently serves as Chair of the Board. 
  • Michael Day, president of the Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Union
  • An eighth position is currently vacant due to Weston's retirement.

Despite the fact that Homan is not listed as board chairman, Weston said Homan controls the agenda and the votes.

"Clearly [Homan] controls the direction of the pension system as it relates to investments and on policy issues," said Weston.

Homan, who became county administrative officer in 2007 under then-County Executive Jim Smith, is widely regarded as arguably the most powerful man in Baltimore County government.

Prior to his appointment, Homan was the long-time director of the Office of Budget and Finance. During that time, government insiders routinely referred to the agency as "the Office of Fred" and county government as "Fred's World."

Homan previously served on the board as budget and finance director. Following his 2007 appointment by Smith, Homan began attending as the appointed representative of the county executive—something Weston said had not happened before.

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Buzz Beeler August 10, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Steve, Robert whatever, you are the one what made the statement that they weren't any federal issues involved and have not spoken to Cole and YOU GUESS YOU COULD TALK TO HIM. You made the statement about what was going on and yet you don't even know the name of the law firm that represents us. Again if you knew so much you would know the name of the law firm that repents the FOP, but as always you NO NOTHING NADA! Your just a kid way out of your class. I told you many times you are out of the loop, have no knowledge of these matters have never worked in county government and have no clue as to what your talking about. You try to come off as a somebody when in fact your are just the opposite. You act like a little kid when you find out there is no room in the sandbox for Robert. What is more amazing is that in every issue that comes up on Patch you either work in that area of the issue like your mining and engineer job or live near all the major players. You sound like Obama, he knows everything yelling while standing on deck with the ship is sinking.
Steve August 10, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Belsky and Weiner ...Shithead......and my name is Steve.
Steve August 10, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Beeler, You love to bash the FOP every chance you get. But yet everything you have is thanks to the FOP. What a Freakin' Ingrate. Look no further than Sparrows Point to see what happens when Union Members take every thing from the Union and turn around and piss on it. You are a Poster Child for it.
Buzz Beeler August 10, 2012 at 05:04 AM
If you knew the answer then why did you ask? Still the potty mouth kid I see. That's why you'll never be anything but an afterthought. Educated intelligent people in the loop don't write like potty mouth street kids. You missed a couple of key attorneys that work on these cases but like I said you're out of your league. Isn't is past you curfew? It's easy to tell you're a kid because you can't control your violation of the terms of use. You're too immature and can't control your emotions. One question, how am I bashing the FOP when I support this case. Can't you get your facts straight.
Norman Clarkson October 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Mohler is just another yes man. They are bring BCPS to the Jefferson building to waste another couple of million in renovations. They just renovated the Jefferson building a few years ago when they moved several agencies into that building. Plus the administration is going to increase the parking rate to those who work in Towson from 33.00 to 100.00 wonder if BCPS knows that. KK your done maybe if you stop taking those morning naps to will be able to see the County falling apart.

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