Wayne Curry Takes Care of Campaign Donors, Ex-Employees
|Ex-Aides To Curry Awarded Contracts (07/23/00)
Washington Post Sun., July 23, 2000: "Two top advisers to Prince George's
County Executive Wayne K. Curry received consulting contracts not subject to competitive
bidding within days of leaving the county payroll, according to records provided by the
"In both instances, the departing officials received contracts worth far more than
their county salaries to do work similar to what they had done while on the county
payroll. A third consultant, who never worked for the county but managed Curry's first
campaign for county executive, also secured a no-bid contract worth as much as $175,000 a
year to review bond policy. "
Linda W. Botts:
Linda W. Botts is Wayne Currys former deputy chief administrative officer at a
salary of $99,000/year. While still employed by Curry, Botts established Ashlin
Botts quit her job with Curry at the beginning of August 1996. Two days later, county
records show her firm received a $65,000 contract from the county. Before the end of the
year, the county blessed her firm with another $475,000 contract. The Posts research
revealed that Botts company, Ashlin Management, so far has performed more than $1.6
million in contract services for the county, some of which were no-bid, non-competed
Botts and her husband have contributed more than $18,000 to Wayne Currys two
successful campaigns for Prince Georges County executive.
Botts first $65,000 contract with the county was to train her successor. (Most
employers take a different route to train replacement personnel: they keep the
incoming and outgoing individual on the payroll while the training takes place.)
William D. Miller, II was Wayne Currys dispenser of political contracting favors
during construction of the Redskins Stadium. His official job description
during that time was "senior adviser for economic development". His county
salary was $116,980 a year.
Within three days of leaving Currys employment, Miller received a non-compted
contract for $525,000 according to the Washington Post.
The scope of Millers contract involves expediting construction of 13 neighborhood
schools. Like his previous job as Currys "point man" on stadium
construction, this new consulting contract gave him the same power to dispense political
favors in the construction of 13 new neighborhood schools in the county. The
official terms used are "expediter" and "liaison".
Not surprisingly, Curry and his faithful henchman Miller have come under fire for playing
politics with the construction of the schools, and delaying the process. The Post
quotes State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. as saying: "The reason that
school settlement was so hard to reach was that state officials were worried that Curry
would . . . have the major say in where these schools were located. It's one thing to play
politics with Jack Kent Cooke and the Redskins [Stadium]. It's another to play politics
with where schools will go to please developers and his special friends."
William D. Miller, II "declined to respond to [the Posts] questions about his
contract, but in earlier interviews, he said part of his job was to keep school
construction on schedule by expediting the permit process."
Gregory K. Wells:
Gregory K. Wells is Wayne Currys former campaign manager, and he is also a medical
malpractice lawyer. In 1996, Curry gave Wells a $75,000 county appointment as
"peoples zoning counsel" to assist the county with zoning issues.
Wells resigned that county post in 1998 and has since received over $250,000 in contracted
legal services from the county. According to the Post, none of these contracts were put
out for competitive bidding.
One county council member said Wells contracts appear to duplicate the services of
another outside legal firm which the county has retained for many years.
Prince Georges County bills for outside legal counsel have ranged annually between
$500,000 to $1.6 million since Curry took office in 1995. By comparison, neighboring
Montgomery County spend only $388,000 last year on outside legal counsel.
(Based on the Washington Post story, 07/23/00,
page C01, by David S. Fallis and Scott Wilson)
Additional reading on this topic:
Page (1) Prince Georges: Overview of Racial and Political Favoritism
Page (2) Prince Georges: Redskins Stadium, Racial and Political Contract Deals
Page (4) Prince
Georges: Term Limits are Racist? (10/24/00)
END (3) Prince Georges: Political Donors,