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Marilyn J. Mosby (File photo)

Mosby keeping ‘corporate headquarters’

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will be staying in the “corporate headquarters” she attacked her predecessor for leasing during last summer’s Democratic primary.

According to an email from spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie, the state’s attorney’s office was unable to find a cheaper or more convenient alternative to the 65,367 square feet of office space at the SunTrust Bank Building, located at 120 E. Baltimore St.

According to an email from spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie, the state's attorney's office was unable to find a cheaper or more convenient alternative to the 65,367 square feet of office space at the SunTrust Bank Building, located at 120 E. Baltimore St.

According to an email from spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie, the state’s attorney’s office was unable to find a cheaper or more convenient alternative to the 65,367 square feet of office space at the SunTrust Bank Building, located at 120 E. Baltimore St.

“The space within the courthouse was repurposed and no is longer available. She then explored whether it would be cost effective to move into another location within walking distance to the courthouse — she has also completed that analysis. Any alternative location is either more expensive, too far away or would require a build-out of the space,” Ritchie wrote in an email. “This would require additional costs to taxpayers and does not include the liquidated damages of the lease that was entered into under the previous administration.”

During the campaign last summer, Mosby was critical of former State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein for leasing the space and said that she would make it a priority in her first 60 days to investigate terminating the lease and finding an alternative office. She attacked the leasing of the space as an example of lavish spending by Bernstein while he was cutting other positions in the office.

“Firing nine community liaisons and saying through a spokesman that ‘we all have to do more with less’ is unconscionable. Especially when one considers the fact that the current state’s attorney then lobbied the state and the city for $11 million in taxpayer funds to move to a Class A corporate headquarters overlooking the Inner Harbor,” Mosby told The Daily Record in a candidate questionnaire.

In an upset, Mosby won the primary election with more than 54 percent of the vote and then trounced Russell Neverdon, an independent write-in candidate, in the general election.

In 2012, Bernstein announced plans to move 200 prosecutors, investigators and support staff from the over-a-century-old courthouse to the Class A office space. At the time, Bernstein said, signing the 10-year lease, worth more than $11 million, would lead to a more efficient office because it would create a contiguous space. The lease for the office space is currently more than $1 million a year and will cost taxpayers more than $1.4 million a year during the final two years of the lease.


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One comment

  1. She didn’t seem to mind the class A accommodations when she moved her entourage into prime spots and forcing practicing prosecutors to relocate elsewhere. She then, along with her cronies, shopped for prime furniture throughout the office – taking desks and cabinets right out from under prosecutors while they were in court. So glad to be out of there!