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									BOARD OF BARBERS                        MINUTES                          September 15, 2008
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A meeting of the State Board of Barbers was held on Monday, September 15, 2008 in the 2
floor conference room, the Shillman building, 500 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The
following were in attendance:

Mr. John Gatton, Sr., President
Mr. Morgan Crossney, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Lawrence Avara, School Owner

Not in attendance:

Mr. Guy E. Flynn, Consumer Member
Mr. Ronald Wroblewski, Industry Member

Also in attendance:

Mr. Robert Wood, Executive Director
Mr. Brian Logan, Assistant Executive Director
Mr. Bruce Spizler, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Ms. Kecha Dunn, Board Secretary

Meeting Called to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Board’s President at 9:55 a.m.

Minutes

A motion was made by Mr. Crossney, and seconded by Mr. Avara, to approve the minutes from
March 10, 2008 as written. The Board voted unanimously to approve.

Welcome – New Executive Director

Mr. Robert Wood was introduced to the Board as the new Executive Director of the State Board
of Barbers by Stanley Botts, Commissioner of the Division of Occupational and Professional
Licensing. Mr. Botts advised the Board of Mr. Wood’s qualifications including his licensure as a
Master Barber and Barbershop Owner, as well as his years of service with the District of
Columbia Fire Department; and noted that the Division of Occupational and Professional
Licensing was pleased to have Mr. Wood in place. The Board introduced themselves to Mr. Wood
and welcomed him. Mr. Botts, along with the Board, also thanked Mr. Brian Logan, Assistant
Executive Director, and the other members of the Board’s staff, for their outstanding job in
conducting the day-to-day operations of the Board in the absence of an Executive Director.

Informal Conferences – Convictions

An informal conference was held for Mr. Jason Thompson, who submitted an application for
registration as a Barber Apprentice. Mr. Thompson, who had not completed his previous
apprenticeship, disclosed a previous criminal conviction on the application. After Mr. Thompson
explained his conviction to the Board’s satisfaction, the Board voted unanimously to approve Mr.
Thompson’s application to start anew an apprenticeship program and made him aware that he
will not be allowed to restart the program again.

Formal Hearing – BARB080005 - Raydel Clea, Sr./Clea Barber Shop

The hearing scheduled was canceled when the owner agreed to sign a Consent Order.
Formal Disciplinary Actions

Mr. Logan advised the Board that several other licensing Boards within the Department of Labor,
Licensing and Regulation post their disciplinary actions on their web site which enables the public
to be aware of the actions taken by the Board. Mr. Logan suggested that the State Board of
Barbers do the same; noting that the State Board of Cosmetologist has agreed to post their
disciplinary actions on their web site.

Following a discussion of the matter, a motion was made by Mr. Crossney, seconded by Mr.
Avara, to list the Board’s formal disciplinary actions on its web site for the past 4 years and
prospectively. The motion was carried unanimously.

Sunset Review

Mr. Logan gave an update on the pending Sunset Review Preliminary Evaluation. Mr. Logan
advised that the staff has submitted all requested data to the Office of Legislative Services in this
regard. From that information, a preliminary report will be provided by that office; and the Board
will be provided an opportunity to respond. The report will recommend to either waive a full
evaluation or to have a full evaluation next year.

Board Examination

Mr. Avara brought to the attention of the Board his concerns regarding the pass/fail rate in the
schools. He believes that this is a result of a large portion of the examination including
chemicals. Mr. Avara and Mr. Crossney expressed a desire to review the examination after a
testing company is awarded the new contract.

Informal Conference – Conviction

An informal conference was held for Mr. Ralston Blake who disclosed a previous conviction on
his application for a Barber Apprentice license. Mr. Blake explained his conviction to the Board’s
satisfaction; and the Board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Blake’s application.

Proof Of Work Authorization Requirement

Assistant Executive Director Brian Logan advised the Board that a concept paper was previously
submitted to the Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation from the Board
of Cosmetology requesting a regulation requiring applicant to submit documentation of his/her
authorization to work in the U.S.. The Secretary asked the Board of Cosmetology to reconsider
its “concept paper” and to discontinue the Board’s practice of requiring applicants to provide work
authorization as a pre-condition of licensure. It was noted that no other Board has such licensing
requirements; and that there is no statutory authorization for such requirements. After further
discussion and deliberations, a motion was made by Mr. Avara that the questions on the Board’s
applications requiring the production of documentation evidencing work authorization for non-U.S.
Citizens be removed from all applications. The motion carried by a vote of 2-1 (Mr. Crossney
dissenting).

Informal Conferences – Apprentice Restart & Convictions

An informal conference was held for Mr. Ravelle Gray, who submitted a request to restart the
Barber’s Apprenticeship program and disclosed a previous criminal conviction on his application.
The Board questioned Mr. Gray as to the events which led to his conviction. After the Board
reviewed relevant documents, as well as Mr. Gray’s licensing history, and after conducting
deliberations, the Board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Gray’s request to restart his
apprenticeship. The Board also made Mr. Gray aware that another restart will not be granted,
and it is his responsibility to ensure that his monthly apprenticeship reports are submitted to the
Board in a timely manner.

An informal conference was held for Mr. Wayne Barnes, who submitted a request to restart the
Barber’s Apprenticeship program. Following deliberations, the Board voted unanimously to allow
Mr. Barnes to restart the Apprenticeship program.

An informal conference was held for Mr. Cecil Muhammad, who applied for a license by
”endorsement” and disclosed a previous criminal conviction on his application. In addition to the
application, Mr. Muhammad is required to provide documentation evidencing at least two years of
work experience. The documentation submitted by Mr. Muhammad revealed that his work
experience was done while he was incarcerated. After the Board reviewed Mr. Muhammad’s
documentation, they voted unanimously to approve the license by Endorsement.

An informal conference was held for Mr. Charles Goines, who disclosed a previous conviction on
his Barber’s Apprentice application. Mr. Goines explained his conviction to the Board; and the
Board voted 2-1 to approve Mr. Goines’s Barber Apprentice license.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.


                                                           Submitted By:


                                                           ________________________
                                                           Kecha Dunn, Board Secretary

Approved By:


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Morgan J. Crossney, Secretary

								
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