O'Malley takes 2 longtime aides to Annapolis

November 30, 2006|By Jennifer Skalka | Jennifer Skalka,Sun Reporter

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley has tapped two longtime Baltimore government aides to serve as his deputy chiefs of staff in Annapolis, he announced yesterday in a statement.

Peggy J. Watson, the city's finance director from 2000 to 2005, and Matthew D. Gallagher, executive director of CitiStat, will report to O'Malley's chief of staff, Michael R. Enright.

"I am extremely proud and humbled that Ms. Watson and Mr. Gallagher have agreed to continue to serve the citizens of our state," O'Malley said. "Peggy and Matt will bring a wealth of knowledge to the State House, and I look forward to their continued leadership guiding our state over the next four years."

Their selections are the latest sign that several of O'Malley's closest city government advisers will make the move with him to Annapolis. O'Malley's 44-member transition team is also dominated by Baltimore civic and corporate leaders.

Credited by the mayor for Baltimore's healthy bond rating, Watson also served as deputy director of finance under former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. A city native, Watson, 59, was recruited out of retirement by O'Malley to join his city administration. She is a graduate of Western High School.

Since 1999, Gallagher has helped manage Baltimore's CitiStat program, a project that audits the work of government agencies weekly and allows managers to redeploy resources and identify savings. During his gubernatorial campaign, O'Malley promised to expand the effort statewide.

Gallagher, 34, also served as a member of O'Malley's Baltimore Cabinet, security council, and management negotiating and budget planning committees. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from La Salle University and a master's in government affairs from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gallagher also teaches public administration at the University of Baltimore.

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