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December 02, 2007

Maryland : State government

CitiStat expert to join O'Malley

Gov. Martin O'Malley is tapping another City Hall veteran to oversee the state's information technology systems in hopes of making the government more efficient and customer-friendly.

Elliot H. Schlanger starts tomorrow as the state's chief of information technology, a post O'Malley has proposed elevating to Cabinet level next year. When O'Malley was the Baltimore mayor, Schlanger helped set up the CitiStat program, as well as the 311 call center system. Schlanger replaces Ellis L. Kitchen, a longtime veteran of state government.

"Elliot played a key role in making Baltimore City's government more efficient and accountable," O'Malley said in a statement. "His knowledge and expertise will help create performance-based government in Maryland that is more accountable, more transparent, and focused on measurable results."

O'Malley brought the CitiStat management system with him to Annapolis, and Schlanger said part of his challenge will be to find ways to use the tool to measure how well the state government does its job.

Andrew A. Green

Baltimore

: Cherry Hill

Officer injured firing on animal

A Baltimore police officer was injured by a ricocheting shotgun pellet last night when he fired the weapon at an attacking dog, police said.

The officer, whose name was not released, was attacked by the dog about 7:45 p.m. in the 600 block of W. Patapsco Ave. and fired a shotgun at least once at the animal, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

"The buckshot went through the dog, ricocheted off the concrete and struck the officer in the leg," Harris said. The dog was killed.

The officer was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of a "very minor injury," Harris said.

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