Christopher Thomaskutty, Baltimore’s deputy mayor of public safety and operations, resigned Friday to become an executive at Mercy Health Services.
Thomaskutty will serve as vice president for corporate affairs and chief of staff at the downtown medical center. His resignation is effective on April 2.
“With Chris, Mercy is getting someone who is a great talent and a great manager,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “He has proven he knows how to make large, complex organizations more effective and efficient, and Baltimore is better for his efforts. He will be missed here at City Hall.”
Thomaskutty, 34, has worked for the city for nine years and as deputy mayor overseeing public safety and other city services such as trash and recycling collection, water and sewer service, street construction, fleet management, parking, 311 call center operations, and snow removal.
Rawlings-Blake said a search for his replacement is underway.
“Working in City Hall has been the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve had, and it has been a great pleasure to serve,” Thomaskutty said in a statement.
Thomaskutty began his career in Baltimore City Government as a CitiStat analyst in 2003 in the administration of former Mayor and now Gov. Martin O’Malley.
In addition to a focus on municipal operations, Thomaskutty worked with the Baltimore City Public Schools on capital improvements that included repairing 2,000 water fountains that had been shut off due to lead contamination. He also created a tracking system to assist the Baltimore City Board of Elections in improving reliability and customer service.
In January 2007, Thomaskutty was appointed director of CitiStat and was appointed deputy mayor of administration in December 2007.
In 2011, Thomaskutty was named to the year’s VIP List by The Daily Record. He is also a gradudate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s LEADERship Program and is a member of the board at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.