Police Commissioner Batts confirmed for six-year term

Council approves new finance, human resources director

September 08, 2014|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was confirmed Monday by the City Council for a full six-year term.

Batts has led the city's police force since October 2012, when he was selected to fill the unexpired term of the previous commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III. His appointment was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote without discussion. He will receive a salary of $201,700, reflecting an $8,000 raise.

Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Batts has made "some improvements" and that he was especially pleased with the commissioner's efforts to put more police in neighborhoods.

"I am encouraged by that," Young said. "If we have foot patrolmen, they get to know the community, and that fosters better police-community relations."

The council also approved two other executive appointments without discussion. The members voted unanimously for the appointment of Henry J. Raymond as director of the Department of Finance and Mary H. Talley to lead the city's Department of Human Resources.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was confident her team would help make Baltimore a better city.

"As we work to put the city on a sustainable path to grow, I rely on the tireless work of the dedicated public servants throughout my administration," she said in a statement. "I am proud of the amazing progress over the past few years, and in order to continue moving Baltimore in the right direction, we need seamless transitions in leadership that provide a consistent vision of how to build a better future for our city."

All three — Batts, Raymond and Talley — will earn higher salaries than the mayor. According to online records, Rawlings-Blake made $163,365 in the fiscal year that ended in July.

Raymond, who will earn $192,500, replaces Harry Black, who left Aug. 20 to become city manager for Cincinnati. Raymond had been deputy director since 2010.

Talley, who had served as the deputy director of human resources since October 2012, will earn $167,000. She replaces Ronnie E. Charles, who held the position from August 2012 until July 2014.

The changes are among at least seven at high levels of the Rawlings-Blake administration this year. Several top officials, including the mayor's former chief of staff, Alexander Sanchez, left for a variety of reasons and most were replaced from within.

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