Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Staff Changes

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Mayor names Acting Chief of Staff; Deputy Chief for Public Safety, Operations, & CitiStat; Minority Business Development Director; and Human Services Director.

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced several staff changes in the Mayor’s Office, including the departure of Chief of Staff Peter O’Malley, effective April 6, and named several new appointments to key leadership positions in the Mayor’s Office, including a new Deputy Chief for Public Safety, Operations, & CitiStat; a new Minority Business Development Director; and a new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services.

Mr. O’Malley is leaving to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector as an Of Counsel Attorney at the law firm Venable LLP in downtown Baltimore. Deputy Chief of Staff and former Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, Ms. Thomasina Hiers, will serve as Acting Chief of Staff while a professional search for a permanent Chief of Staff is conducted.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for his service to the City and my administration,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Peter came in at a critical time and made important changes and structural improvements that will have lasting, positive impact going forward. We are all grateful for his contribution to focusing our efforts to get Baltimore growing again, and for his helping to mentor, promote, and attract new leaders to serve in my administration.”

“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the citizens of Baltimore,” Mr. O’Malley said. “The Mayor is in a strong position to build on the City’s many successes reducing crime, improving schools, and strengthening our neighborhoods. I look forward to continuing our friendship and fully supporting her efforts.”

Mayor Rawlings-Blake made the following appointments to key leadership positions:

Ms. Thomasina Hiers, Acting Chief of Staff
Before joining the Mayor’s Office as Director of Human Services, Acting Chief of Staff Thomasina Hiers served as the Assistant Secretary/Chief of Staff at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services from March 2008 to June 2010 and coordinated the development and implementation of key projects, central to the Department’s mission. Ms. Hiers also served as the Director of the Maryland Re-Entry Partnership Initiative at the Enterprise Foundation from 2001 to 2003. Before joining the Enterprise Foundation, Ms. Hiers was the Assistant Director of the Baltimore City HotSpots Initiative for the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Hiers graduated with a BA in Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology from the St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1997.

Ms. Yolanda Jiggetts, Deputy Chief for Public Safety, Operations, & CitiStat
Ms. Yolanda Jiggetts will oversee a public safety portfolio—police, fire, and emergency management—and core municipal operations including trash and recycling collection, water and sewer service, street construction, fleet management, parking, 311 call center operations, and Baltimore’s award-wining CitiStat Program. For the past two years, Ms. Jiggetts has served under former Deputy Mayor Chris Thomaskutty as Deputy Director of Operations. Ms. Jiggetts began her career in Baltimore City government in 1999, working in the City’s Code Enforcement Legal Section, and went on to hold numerous positions in the Baltimore City Department of Housing, including Director of Real Property Disposition, Senior Legal Administrator for Project 5000, and Special Assistant to two Housing Commissioners. She also served as Special Assistant to the Director of Recreation Parks, where she assisted the Director in managing the department’s performance management program, served as the department’s legislative liaison, and served as project manager on a multitude of special projects on behalf of the Director. From 2007 through 2010, Ms. Jiggetts served at the State government level, where she served as the Director of Planning and Statistics for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, managing the Department’s StateStat performance management and statistical analysis functions. She was awarded the first Secretary’s Certificate of Recognition for Innovation. Ms. Jiggetts received a BA in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, and proudly served in the United States Armed Services.

Ms. Sharon R. Pinder, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development 
Ms. Sharon R. Pinder will serve as the new Director of MWBD to improve the success rate of minority and women-owned companies seeking to do business with the City of Baltimore by expanding contracting opportunities and increasing the procurement dollars spent with MWBE firms. Ms. Pinder served as the Special Secretary for Minority Affairs for the Governor of Maryland from January 2003 to May 2007. In that role, she managed Maryland’s minority business program and related procurement activities for 70 state agencies. Ms. Pinder worked with State agencies and legislators to craft and implement several pieces of important legislation supporting MBE businesses in Maryland. State agency MBE spending increased from 15% to 22% over three years during her tenure. Ms. Pinder worked as President of Early Morning Software from 2001 to 2003, a firm specializing in software development and web-based solutions for local, state, and federal agencies. During the 1990’s, Ms. Pinder worked as an Internet Development Manager for the General Electric Corporation, leading GE Information Services’ Internet market strategy. Ms. Pinder most recently led her own business consulting firm, the Pinder Group, helping small minority and women-owned business enterprises. She earned an MS Degree in Technology Management from University of Maryland, University College in 2001. Ms Pinder is the founder of The Center for Business Diversity and Inclusion. A 501(c)(3) organization with a purpose of accelerating the power of minority and women entrepreneurs.

Ms. Olivia Farrow, Esq., R.S., Director, Mayor’s Office of Human Services 
Ms. Olivia Farrow, Esq., R.S. will oversee critical programs on behalf of vulnerable populations including homeless services, community action centers, offender reentry, and head start. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Farrow was the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Community and Environmental Health with the Baltimore City Health Department. She played a significant role during a major leadership transition at the City’s Health Department as the Interim Health Commissioner from March 2009 until August 2010 and led the Health Department’s unprecedented response to the H1N1 pandemic. Ms. Farrow received her BS in Biology from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her career in Baltimore began with the Baltimore City Health Department as an Environmental Sanitarian in 1985. Ms. Farrow earned her JD from the University of Baltimore School Of Law in 1995. In 2000, she became the first lead paint prosecutor for the Mayor’s Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Initiative. In 2002, Ms. Farrow was appointed to the position of Director of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. In 2003, she was appointed as Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Environmental Health.

“I am very pleased to make these new key appointments in my administration,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “Each of them demonstrates a strong commitment to serving the people of Baltimore and making City Government more effective and efficient.”

At this time, the Mayor’s Office will no longer use the title “Deputy Mayor.” Deputy Mayor of Economic and Neighborhood Development, Ms. Kaliope Parthemos, will now hold the title Deputy Chief for Economic and Neighborhood Development. Senior Advisor, Ms. Kimberly Washington, will now hold the title Deputy Chief for Government and Community Affairs.

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