O'Malley expected to appoint Enright

Top City Hall adviser is due to be chief of staff in Annapolis

November 16, 2006|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,sun reporter

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley is expected today to name Michael R. Enright - his friend since high school and top City Hall adviser - as chief of staff for his incoming administration in Annapolis.

O'Malley is scheduled to announce the appointment and the formation of his transition steering committee at a news conference at noon today in downtown Baltimore.

O'Malley officials would not discuss Enright's promotion, but a source familiar with the decision confirmed that the first deputy mayor was set to take the job.

Enright and O'Malley have been close friends since they attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington together nearly 30 years ago.

A hungry homeless man broke the ice between O'Malley and Enright as they waited for a bus home at DuPont Circle at the end of their freshman year. As they sat across from one another, a homeless man plunged his hand into O'Malley's open bag of crackers and helped himself to a mouthful.

The two have been friends ever since - sharing passions for history and politics, playing together on the football team and performing in plays together, Enright said in an interview last month.

Enright, a Bethesda native, attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating with an English degree with honors. He went to work as a newspaper reporter, covering local government. He was hired in 1991 to a public relations post with Attorney General J. Joseph Curran III, O'Malley's father-in-law.

Enright, 43, took a year off to earn a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, returning to Curran's office before being hired by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's office, where he spent 18 months as legislative director.

When O'Malley won election in November 1999, the mayor tapped Enright to join him in City Hall. In his position as first deputy mayor, Enright has been one of the driving forces behind the biweekly CitiStat meetings, where he is known for his tough questions of city agency heads.

doug.donovan@baltsun.com

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