Ex-Lawmaker Hammen Leaving Baltimore City Hall Job

    A top aide to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D) who previously served in the House of Delegates is moving on.

    Young announced Friday evening that Peter A. Hammen, his deputy chief of staff who was also a top adviser to his predecessor, former mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D), is moving on. Young said Hammen was leaving to spend more time with his family, citing the death in mid-June of Hammen’s father, Donald G. Hammen, a former City Council member and state delegate.

    “I’ve known Pete a long time and am grateful for his service to the City of Baltimore,” Young said in a statement. “I was thrilled to have Pete join my administration and looked forward to working closely with him. Unfortunately, with the recent passing of his beloved father, and his increasing desire to spend more time with his family, Pete informed me recently of his need to take a pause in his service to our City. I respect his decision completely.”

    Hammen, 53, was elected to the House of Delegates in 1994 in Baltimore’s 46th District, rising to become chairman of the Health and Government Operations Committee. Hammen resigned in December 2016 to join Pugh’s administration. Hammen’s departure paved the way for the appointment of Del. Robbyn T. Lewis (D) to succeed him.

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