(UPDATED May 14) —When Kaliope Parthemos makes the change from being one of the mayor’s top economic advisors to chief of staff she’ll earn a 14 percent pay increase.
According to a spokeswoman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Parthemos’ past salary as the deputy mayor of economic and neighborhood development was $150,000 a year. When she takes over the position overseeing staff in the mayor’s office her salary increases to $172,000 annually. The Open Baltimore database reports that’s less than the $175,000 her predecessor Alexander Sanchez was paid. But the mayor’s office disputes that figure and reports Sanchez’s salary was $178,500 a year.
It was announced on Friday, that Parthemos would be replacing Sanchez as the mayor’s top aide. Colin Tarbert, who was credited in a news release with playing an instrumental role in creating a 15-year tax credit to encourage building apartments in selected areas of the city, will be the next deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development.
Parthemos will be the fourth chief of staff since Rawlings-Blake was appointed mayor in 2010. But in an email Caron Brace, the mayor’s spokeswoman, denied the staff changes create an appearance of instability.
“[Rawlings-Blake’s] concern is putting the right team in place to get the job done for the residents of Baltimore city. We have made more progress than any recent administration in removing blight from neighborhoods, reducing property taxes, and investing in education,” Brace wrote in an email. “Those are the issues that residents care most about and Mayor Rawlings-Blake has delivered.”