Rawlings-Blake announces staff shake-up

Daily Record Business Writer//May 9, 2014

Rawlings-Blake announces staff shake-up

By Adam Bednar

//Daily Record Business Writer

//May 9, 2014

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced major changes in her administration on Friday.

Kaliope Parthemos, currently deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development, will take over as the mayor’s chief of staff, replacing Alexander M. Sanchez.

It was also announced that Kimberly Morton, the current deputy chief of staff for the Department of Public Works, will replace Kym Nelson as the deputy chief of staff.

“I would like to thank Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Nelson for their service in my administration as we have worked to continue growing our city, eliminate blight from communities, and reduce violent crime,” Rawlings-Blake said in a news release. “As we move forward with my agenda to grow Baltimore City by 10,000 families through safer communities, better schools, and property tax reduction, my senior team will bring more than five decades of experience in local government and senior level management to City Hall.”

Parthemos, who has previously worked as a public defender and foster care case worker, will be the fourth chief of staff since Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as mayor in 2010. She served in that same role for then City Council President Rawlings-Blake.

In her role as deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development, Parthemos was the mayor’s chief advisor on economic and business matters. She oversaw such agencies as the Baltimore Development Corp., the Planning Department and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development.

Colin Tarbet has been appointed the new deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development. He previously was the deputy director for economic and neighborhood development and is credited with playing a large role in the creation of a tax credit for developers building market-rate apartments in certain sections of the city.


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