Board of Barbers Minutes December 14, 2009
A meeting of the State Board of Barbers was held on Monday, December 14, 2009 in the
2nd floor conference room, the Shillman Building, 500 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD
21202. The following were in attendance:
Mr. John Gatton, Sr., President
Mr. Lawrence Avara, School Owner
Mr. Marvin Lee, Industry Member
Mr. Derick Ausby, Industry Member
Not in attendance:
Mr. Guy Flynn, Consumer Member
Also in attendance:
Mr. Bruce Spizler, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Mr. Robert Wood, Executive Director
Mr. Brian Logan, Assistant Executive Director
Ms Erlene Curtis, Board Secretary
Meeting Called to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Board’s President at 9:50 a.m.
Introduction of New Board Member
The Board was introduced to Mr. Derick Ausby, Industry Member. The Board thanked
Mr. Ausby for volunteering his service to the State of Maryland.
Resignation of Board Member
Assistant Executive Director Brian Logan advised the Board that Industry Member
Morgan Crossney informed him, via a telephone call, that he will be resigning as a Board
A motion was made by Mr. Lawrence Avara, seconded by Mr. Marvin Lee, to approve
the minutes of the September 21, 2009 Board meeting. The Board voted unanimously to
approve these minutes.
Waiver of Late Fee- Clevel Harris
The Board reviewed a request from Clevel Harris, a barber seeking a waiver of the late
fee regarding her expired Barber’s license. Although the Board was sympathetic to the
circumstances which resulted in an expiration of the license, the Board unanimously
decided to deny the request to waive the late fee.
Informal Conference –Ifeta Sabanagic- Waiver of Work Experience
An informal conference was scheduled for Ms. Ifeta Sabanagic. Ms. Sabanagic, who
holds a Barber’s license in another state, is applying for a Barber’s license in Maryland.
Ms. Sabanagic had been unable to provide documentation evidencing her having
practiced barbering in another state during the two years immediately prior to her
applying for a Barber’s license in this State. After Ms. Sabanagic explained her work
experience to the Board, the Board was satisfied that this requirement had been met, and
that the other requirements necessary to justify a waiver of the examination requirement
also had been met. Accordingly, the Board agreed that a Maryland Barber license be
issued to Ms. Sabanagic in the absence of her having to take the Board’s examination..
Informal Conference- Crystal Ohl- Conviction
An informal conference was scheduled for Ms. Crystal Ohl. Ms. Ohl, who is planning to
attend a Barber School in the State of Maryland, made inquiry as to whether her previous
criminal conviction would constitute a grounds to deny her application for a Barber
license once she completes her training and passes the Board’s examination. The Board
advised Mr. Ohl that it normally would review the effect of a conviction when a person
applies for their Barber license.; however, considering that Ms. Ohl’s tuition will be paid
through a grant, the Board would make such a determination at this time. After Ms. Ohl
explained the events which led to the conviction and the consequences which resulted,
the Board voted, unanimously, that Ms. Ohl’s previous conviction would not constitute a
grounds upon which her application for a Barber’s license would be denied.
Informal Conference-Bob Cooper- Waiver of Work Experience
An informal conference was scheduled for Mr. Bob Cooper. Mr. Cooper, who holds a
Barber’s license in another State, is applying for a Barber’s license in Maryland. Mr.
Cooper is unable to provide documentation evidencing his having practiced barbering in
another state during the two years immediately prior to his applying for a Barber’s license
in this State. Although a notice was sent to Mr. Cooper inviting him to today’s meeting,
Mr. Cooper failed to appear. The Board, noting that the documentation Mr. Cooper had
submitted was insufficient, directed that Mr. Cooper be invited to appear at its next Board
meeting; so that it may ascertain if Mr. Cooper qualifies for a waiver of the examination
Informal Conference- Michael Miller- Apprentice Hours
Although not scheduled to appear, an informal conference was held for Mr. Michael
Miller. Mr. Miller, who had previously been registered by the Board as an Apprentice
Barber, appeared before the Board in an effort to receive credit for previous hours which
had not been submitted to the Board in a timely manner. Mr. Miller and his sponsor,
Lawrence Simpson, submitted copies of the reports which reflect the number of hours
completed that had not been credited to his apprenticeship training. The Board noted its
regulation which require that the Board not accept reports of apprencticeship training if
such a report is received more than 90 days after the apprenticeship training was
received. After holding deliberations, the Board voted unanimously that, while it cannot
give credit for the hours not reported to the Board in a timely manner, it may, “for good
cause”, allow Mr. Miller to apply for registration as a Barber Apprentice anew if: (1) six
months have passed since Mr. Miller was last registered as an Apprentice Barber; and (2)
Mr. Miller agrees to forfeit any hours of Apprentice Barber training received under the
existing Apprentice Barber registration. COMAR 09.16.01.05.
Sunset Report Discussion
Mr. Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Occupational and
Professional Licensing, appeared before the Board to discuss the findings and
recommendations set forth in the Department of Legislative Services evaluation of the
State Board of Barbers and the State Board of Cosmetologists, as required by the
Maryland Program Evaluation Act (“Sunset Review”), as well as the Department’s
response. Mr. Loleas advised that the report was a fair and accurate reflection of the
operations of both Boards. Although Mr. Loleas advised that the Department is in
agreement with most of the recommendations set forth in the report, effectuation of the
recommendations may be restrained by current budgetary deficiencies.
The Board reviewed an outline of the Board’s examination and a proposal which would
change the percentage of questions in different areas. The Board voted unanimously to
adopt the proposed changes and directed that a meeting with appropriate representatives
of the exam vendor be set to discuss implementation of the proposed changes.
COMAR 09.16.01.18 – Examination Fees
A motion was made, and passed, to increase the examination fees, as set forth in
COMAR 09.16.01.18 by five dollars per each examination. Such amendments are
necessary to reflect an increase in examination fees per the new contract with the testing
Pre-approval - Convictions
Assistant Executive Director Brian Logan asked the Board if they would consider, in the
future, reviewing convictions of individuals shortly prior to that individual entering a
barber school. As noted in a conference earlier, the Board generally reviews convictions
of individuals who are applying for a license. The Board directed that the decision of
having a conviction reviewed prior to the person entering a barber school be left to the
Board staff’s discretion.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 2:05 p.m.