Sophie Dagenais, chief of staff for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, resigned Monday morning, effective March 21.
Dagenais joined the Rawlings-Blake administration in February 2010 after the mayor stepped into office following the resignation of Sheila Dixon. Dixon was convicted of embezzlement in Baltimore City Circuit Court and resigned last February as part of a plea agreement with the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office.
An attorney and city resident, Dagenais had worked for Ballard Spahr LLP since 2008 as a partner in the Public Finance Department of the firm’s Baltimore office.
She also serves on the advisory board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and the board of directors for the Park Heights Renaissance Inc., Live Baltimore and the Parks & People Foundation.
“Sophie Dagenais has served the people of Baltimore very well, and I am very thankful for all of her diligent efforts over the past year,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “Sophie fulfilled her commitment with great passion and dedication. The entire office wishes her all the best in her future endeavors and I am pleased to have her strong friendship and continued support going forward.”
The mayor has launched a search for a new chief of staff, her spokesman, Ian Brennan, said.