Where To Find? (WTF)
Name: Jim Harkins
Notoriety: Two-term Harford County Executive
– Calling the Emergency Operations Center and trying to explain why a 911 hangup call had just been placed from his house and why police didn’t have to, and indeed shouldn’t, respond.
– Giving away a parcel of county-owned land on the Perryman penninsula to a group of campaign contributing businessmen.
– Pounding the lectern, red-faced on the night of his re-election and leading the crowd in a chant disparaging the local newspaper.
– Introducing himself during a sit-down meeting with a rookie reporter as “not as much of a prick as everyone thinks.”
Last Seen: Reliable witnesses saw Harkins cutting up the dance floor at a Martin O’Malley fundraiser two years ago. Evidently, having seen the writing on the wall that GOP buddy Gov. Robert Ehrlich wasn’t going to be re-elected, Harkins was making sure future Gov. O’Malley would spare his Ehrlich-appointed job.
Current Whereabouts: At last check, Harkins, a retired sheriff’s deputy and career politician, was still in his Ehrlich-appointed role as director of the Maryland Environmental Service – a government agency created “to protect and enhance the state’s air, land and water resources.” Harkins left his county executive post and took along several of his former Harford County cabinet members and other local pals when Ehrlich tabbed him for the position. Harkins ostensibly works out of Millersville, although he pushed for a Harford County satellite office.
Future: Harkins was heavily rumored to have interest in returning to Harford County politics with a run for sheriff, but, unless canned from his cushy state appointment, he’s unlikely to return to the sordid realm of local politics.