Baltimore City, Anne Arundel Fill High-Profile Slots

    Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D) and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) each announced high-level additions to their teams on Monday.

    Young said that Steve Sharkey would be taking over as director for the Department of Transportation (DOT), while Chichi Nyagah-Nash would take over for Sharkey and become the new director for the Department of General Services (DGS).

    Pittman appointed Jim Beauchamp as Anne Arundel’s new budget officer.

    Sharkey has headed DGS under three mayors, dating back to 2012. He began working for city government 14 years ago, as an intern in the CitiStat office, which crunches data to assess city needs and services.

    At the transportation department, he’ll replace Michelle Pourciau, who resigned in April after The Baltimore Sun reported the agency was under investigation for allegations of wage theft and other misconduct by DOT workers.

    In a statement, Young said Starkey “brings extensive and tested experience to his new role as Transportation director. He knows our city intimately and has established a long career working across agencies to increase positive outcomes.”

    Nyagah-Nash has worked for Starkey as a deputy division chief at DGS since 2012. Previously she was a senior program administrator for U.S. Food Service, Inc., a food distributor supplying the restaurant and health care industries.

    Sharkey called Nyagah-Nash “a real star at DGS.”

    Both nominations will go to the City Council for confirmation.

    In Anne Arundel, Beauchamp becomes the first permanent budget director since the county’s longtime budget officer, John Hammond, retired in December. The office was run for the first six months of this year by the assistant budget officer, Jessica Leys, and will be run by Assistant Budget Officer Hujia Hasim through July 22, when Beauchamp is slated to take over.

    Beauchamp has worked as a financial consultant and recently served as acting public works director for the city of Annapolis. He is also a town council member in Centreville, in Queen Anne’s County, but is not seeking reelection this fall.

    “He is everything we were looking for in a budget officer,” Pittman said.

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