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Baltimore Deputy Mayor Thomaskutty stepping down

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says one of her deputy mayors is stepping down to take a position with Mercy Health Services.

Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Operations Christopher Thomaskutty will be leaving April 2. The mayor says Thomaskutty will be taking a position as vice president for corporate affairs and chief of staff for Mercy Health Services.

The mayor thanked Thomaskutty for his nine years of public service and said a search for a replacement is under way. Thomaskutty’s responsibilities included police, fire and emergency management, trash and recycling collection, water and sewer service and snow removal.