O'Malley names 5 deputy mayors

Mayor-elect says new appointments to spread power

`They report to me'

Pay for new offices won't be named until after inauguration

December 03, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Mayor-elect Martin O'Malley appointed an inner circle of deputy mayors yesterday to handle everything from engineering to neighborhood redevelopment in his continuing effort to create a new city government.

O'Malley, who will be inaugurated as Baltimore's 47th mayor Tuesday, said the new titles -- used in other cities such as Philadelphia and New York, but not previously in Baltimore -- will create more accountability in city government.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in The Sun Friday failed to include the term of Laurie Schwartz, the newly appointed deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development. Schwartz will serve in the administration of Mayor Martin O'Malley for six months before returning to her job as president of the Downtown Partnership. The Sun regrets the error.

"It should be clear from the title that they report to me," O'Malley said yesterday. "But it also advertises to the world that if something is stuck in economic development, that they can go directly to [the deputy mayor]."

From the outset of his campaign, O'Malley has said "no one person" can do the job of running America's 16th-largest city. The assignment of the deputy mayors will spread the city power, he said. "It shows that there are a circle of people around me who handle those functions."

Under departing Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and former Mayor William Donald Schaefer, the top aide was called chief of staff with other top aides called assistants to the mayor.

O'Malley's appointments are:

Laurie Schwartz as deputy mayor of economic and neighborhood development.

Schwartz, 47, is former president of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and a city planner under Schaefer. In her new role, Schwartz is to lead O'Malley's push to enforce the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and get area banks to invest more money into hard-hit city neighborhoods.

Michael R. Enright as first deputy mayor. Enright, 36, is a former top aide to Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., and U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Baltimore Democrat. One of O'Malley's "longest and closest" friends, Enright holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University and will serve as O'Malley's chief of staff.

David Scott as deputy mayor of operations. Scott, 38, is a former high-ranking engineer in the city's Department of Public Works who left two years ago to become deputy city engineer in Highland Park, Ill.

Tony White as press secretary. White, 42, has been a senior staff reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper since 1996. He had worked in a similar capacity at the Richmond Afro-American newspaper since 1989.

Marilyn Harris-Davis as director of the Mayor's Office of Cable and Communications. Harris-Davis, 46, played a highly visible role as a press aide in the O'Malley campaign. She worked for United Artists Cable of Baltimore for seven years until 1994 and has handled cable television duties in several cities, including Philadelphia and Atlanta.

O'Malley did not release the salaries of his top assistants, saying that he won't have the power to set their salaries until Tuesday. Schmoke's chief of staff earned $91,000 with assistants at $61,000.

Schwartz was the most notable name in yesterday's list of appointments. In October, O'Malley appointed Schwartz to help coordinate his transition team, creating a stir among political opponents who saw her inclusion as a sign that the new mayor would emphasize downtown over neighborhoods.

Schwartz had been active in the past two city administrations. She worked for the Schaefer administration in the housing department, working six years as a community planner. Schaefer then tapped her to lead the Downtown Partnership.

Since then, Schwartz has been in charge of a 200-square-block area bordered by Key Highway, Jones Falls Expressway, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Avenue. Lauded by supporters for being one of the city's most tenacious cheerleaders, Schwartz was voted one of the Baltimoreans of the Year in 1997 by Baltimore magazine.

Despite concerns expressed about her ties to downtown by some neighborhood groups, O'Malley called Schwartz a dynamic city advocate.

"Laurie has been one of this city's great champions and single-handedly turned the Downtown Partnership into a model of urban advocacy envied by other cities," O'Malley said.

Schwartz could not be reached for comment.

The office structure announced by O'Malley yesterday has proved effective at other levels of government, according to Larry Thomas, director of the William Donald Schaefer School of Public Policy at the University of Baltimore.

The approach is more common in the federal government, Thomas said, where presidents have appointed deputies to handle specific tasks.

"It certainly has been proven to be a better way of getting control over policy," Thomas said. "The difficulty you do run into is whether these people are going to conflict with department heads."

On Tuesday, O'Malley selected Peggy J. Watson as his finance director and Thurman Zollicoffer as city solicitor. Several key Cabinet slots are still unfilled, including directors of public works and housing and police commissioner.

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