Terri N. Ware, director of the Office of Information Technology and Communications, resigned last week.
Ware, who worked for the county for more than seven years, submitted her resignation on Thursday. It was effective immediately.
Sources in the Johnson administration say no one asked Ware for her resignation.
But others say Ware, hired by then-County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D), knew it was time to go.
Two months ago, County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) created a new position, deputy chief administrative officer of government internal support, and named Pamela Piper to the post. Piper's new responsibilities included overseeing Ware's agency, the Administrative Review Committee and the Office of Central Services.
Piper, the owner of Modern Technology Systems Inc., was hired in July to head the Office of Central Services, which handles contracts, purchasing and the management of county buildings and vehicles.
Before Piper's appointment, Alfonso Cornish was responsible for watching over central services. Stanley Early, who left the administration last year, directed the Office of Information Technology and Communications. And Iris Boswell, a special assistant to the county executive, ran the Administrative Review Committee.
Ware becomes the second department head to leave in the past two months.
Betty Hager Francis, the highly regarded head of the county's Department of Public Works and Transportation for the past nine years, left her job last month.
Johnson never said why Francis left.
His only response was: "These people serve at the pleasure of the county executive."
On a TV Mission
Whether it is Bill Cosby delivering a scorching monologue about parenting and social responsibility on the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education or actor Robert Townsend vowing to create a G-rated alternative to urban television, the black community seems to be embroiled in a war of values.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, didn't mind stepping into the fray last week when he smiled and took pictures with millionaire trial lawyer Willie Gary and Townsend, who has been named Major Broadcasting Cable Network's new president of production.
Never mind that one has to jump through remote control hoops to access MBC, or that BET has the much greater resources of Viacom. Cummings was sounding like a TV preacher as he talked about the five-year-old MBC network.
"It is nice to be able to turn on the television, and your family is going to be all right. You don't have to do any blocking," said Cummings, who took part in a news conference with Gary and three partners: boxing champion Evander Holyfield, baseball great Cecil Fielder and MBC founder Alvin James.
Former Maryland delegate Darren M. Swain (D) was also in the audience, along with Kimbley Lewis, a Mitchellville businessman. Both have been given the task of building support for MBC literally in cable network TV One's back yard.
"God has blessed us. We are moving up every day, and now we are going to go to a whole other level," Gary said. He introduced Townsend, who said MBC, with a new lineup of programs, is available in 48 states and 11.7 million homes.
"There is no competition, there is enough for everybody. . . . We are on a serious mission."
Even though MBC doesn't have a corporate partner, James said, "we have established significant credibility with the cable multiple-system operators. We are targeting 18- to 25-year-olds, but our core audience is the 25- to 54-year-old that clearly had no home within the cable universe."
Councils, Coming Together
How about being a fly on this wall?
The Prince George's County Council is trying to set up a dinner meeting with members of the D.C. Council.
Right now, it's tentatively set for June 8. No location has been announced.
Karen Campbell, spokeswoman for the Prince George's council, said the council, which has seven new members, has been wanting to meet with its counterpart in the District for some time. Campbell said the council members also want to schedule something with their peers in Montgomery County.
"It's about coming together and discussing items important to both," Campbell said. "We've been trying to do this for a while. . . . We share borders with them."