Lawrence J. Hogan, the Prince George's County Republican who left his post as county executive for an unsuccessful U.S. Senate race, is scheduled to begin work next week as a consultant for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at its teaching center in Emmitsburg, Md.
The details of the job, which pays more than $50,000, are still being worked out, said Hogan, who drew almost $70,000 this year as county executive. At home yesterday after officially handing over the reins of the county to his Democratic successor, Parris Glendening, Hogan said the FEMA consulting job was contingent on his signing a contract with Triton Corp., a D.C. management consulting firm that runs a variety of programs for the federal government and private employers.
"It's not a full-time job," Hogan said of the FEMA job. "Several other agencies have talked to me, too. I do not want a full-time federal employe job."
Hogan added that he is trying to work out similar consulting arrangements with other federal agencies, which he declined to discuss. However, the former county executive, who presided over Prince George's during a period of sharp budget cuts and fund shortages, said that he is negotiating with the Office of Management and the Budget to conduct a seminar for assistant secretaries on the management and streamlining of government.
According to Hogan and FEMA officials, the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg conducts a variety of seminars on emergency preparedness. The job Hogan is scheduled to begin next week is part of a pilot program aimed specifically at public officials.
"He is going to be part of a team that will train city managers and county officials in emergency management," said Carolyn Perroni, a FEMA spokesman. "It will involve planning for any kind of emergency or disaster," such as hurricane evacuations, train wrecks, explosions.
Although Hogan, as county executive, weathered a jail riot, a public employes strike and severe budget traumas, he admits he has not had much training in disaster preparedness.
"I've still got to feel my way and learn what to do," he said. Hogan said he first heard of the program when the training center's director, who knew Hogan, called him right after he lost his challenge to Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
Hogan, who has served in Congress and won election as Prince George's executive four years ago, said he was looking forward to a new job.
"I'm relieved to have the pressure off," he said. "I'm very sick of being in the limelight. I'm relieved to not have to talk to reporters -- and here I am a day later [after his successor was inaugurated] talking to you."