After more than three decades working in various capacities in county government, Barbara L. Holtz, administrator for the County Council, has decided to step down.

Holtz, who has served in her current job for 21/2 years, said she made up her mind earlier this year to retire. Her retirement became effective last month but she remained on staff until the council names a replacement.

"My employment with Prince George's County has been so positive, providing me with professional fulfillment as well as a personal sense of accomplishment," Holtz said. "I love this county."

During her tenure, Holtz has worked as the county's deputy county attorney, county attorney and deputy chief administrative officer, as well as council administrator.

"My colleagues and I have benefited greatly from her qualifications during our first terms on the County Council," said council Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville). "We wish her a most restful but productive retirement, as she embarks on a new stage in this journey of life."

This week the council, which recently returned from a one-month summer hiatus, met to discuss Holtz's replacement and announced that Craig Price will be filling her shoes.

Council spokeswoman Karen Campbell said that Price has 28 years' experience in local government policymaking. He has worked for both the County Council and the county executive during that time.

A New Property Manager

It appears the council isn't the only branch of government making some personnel changes. Changes are afoot at the executive level, too.

Aisha Braveboy, an attorney who has served as the county executive's legislative liaison, is now working in the Office of Central Services, handling real estate.

"I wanted to move and I was looking for an opportunity and I found one that I really like," said Braveboy, who worked on County Executive Jack B. Johnson's campaign in 2002.

In her new position, Braveboy said she will manage the properties that the county owns and leases, and will be responsible for the county's surplus properties.

"I'll be a lawyer again, so I'm excited about that," she said.

Adrion J. Howell, a lawyer who mounted an unsuccessful campaign against council member Marilynn Bland (D-Clinton) in 2002, has been hired to replace Braveboy.

Howell and some other former candidates, including Mark K. Spencer, organized the African American Democratic Club this year.

At the time, Howell said one of the group's plans is to provide resources to candidates seeking office.

The celebration to launch the group was packed with many people from the Johnson administration, which raised some question about whether Johnson was behind the effort.

Howell denied any connection. "We're aligned to no one but the community," he said.

Howell came in second to Bland in 2002, receiving 31 percent of the vote to Bland's 34 percent in the Democratic primary. He unsuccessfully ran as an independent write-in candidate in the general election.

Howell talked about running against Bland again next year, which is why some might be surprised taken aback by his new job with Johnson.

But he said he recently moved from Clinton to Glenn Dale, which is in another legislative district. He said he currently has no plan to run for council.

"I wanted to get back to county government, try to make some changes this way," said Howell, a former Capitol Hill legislative who has worked most recently as a political consultant.

Riddick's Whereabouts

The five men who ran for county executive in 2002 have, for the most part, stayed in the public eye.

M.H. Jim Estepp is running the Prince George's County Business Roundtable. The Rev. Anthony Muse is talking about running for state Senate. And Rushern Baker is mounting his 2006 campaign for Johnson's job.

That leaves only Major F. Riddick Jr. as MIA.

Recently, Riddick was seen setting up meetings with councilman Dean and various members of the council staff.

The former chief of staff for former Gov. Parris Glendening (D) said he is "just a little businessman working on some development deals."

Which ones? He wouldn't say.

Riddick is president of Strategic Solutions Center, a management consulting company. He said he also has another company, Great Foods, which operates a Quizno's and Villa Pizza at BWI airport.