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Mayor’s spokesman to join private sector

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s chief spokesman for the past three years has resigned to work in the private sector, the mayor announced Friday afternoon.

Ryan O’Doherty, director of policy and communications for the mayor’s office, will leave his post July 30 to become director of external affairs and strategic communications for Mercy Health Services downtown.

Travis Tazelaar, currently deputy director of policy, communications and special projects, will serve as interim spokesman for the mayor.

O’Doherty, 35, has been a city employee for five years and worked for Rawlings-Blake in her capacity as city council president and mayor.

O’Doherty’s annual salary in 2012 was $107,500.

“Ryan has been a diligent public servant, helping to advance my agenda to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families,” Rawlings-Blake said, in a statement. “I wish him the best as he pursues this new opportunity.”

Prior to working for Rawlings-Blake, O’Doherty served as a government relations staffer for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and was deputy director of communications for Cardinal William Keeler.

He was also director of communications, technology and research for the Maryland Democratic Party.

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