Peter O'Malley leaves Baltimore County job

Chief of staff to executive James Smith to work on brother's re-election campaign

April 03, 2010|By By Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun

Peter O'Malley, chief of staff to Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., is resigning to work on the re-election campaign of his brother, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Smith announced Friday.

Peter O'Malley plans to leave the post April 13, two days before Smith is to deliver his 2011 budget proposal to the County Council and detail how he will close a $144 million gap in this year's budget.

Smith, who has eight months left in his second term, does not plan to replace O'Malley, a spokesman said. O'Malley's duties are to be divided among senior staff.

"Peter will be sorely missed and is not replaceable," Don Mohler, a spokesman for Smith, said. "He is a talented administrator with outstanding organizational skills. He will be successful in all that he does and valued wherever he goes."

O'Malley, the longest-serving chief of staff during Smith's two terms, advised the county executive on political issues, set his schedule and served as the administration's contact with other elected leaders in the area, Mohler said.

"Given his focus on data-driven government and his work with constituencies across the county, Peter O'Malley has been an invaluable asset to my administration," Smith said in a statement.

Mohler said the resignation did not come as a complete surprise."It is not unusual as an administration winds down that key people begin to look for other job opportunities," he said.

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