New Baltimore Mayor Taps Insiders for Executive Team

    Baltimore’s new mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D), announced his executive team Friday afternoon. Some worked for his predecessor, former mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D), who resigned last week, and some worked for Young during his time as City Council president.

    Kim Morton will serve as chief of staff, Carolyn Mozell will serve as deputy chief of staff for Neighborhood and Economic Development, Pete Hammen will serve as deputy chief of staff for Human Services, Sheryl Goldstein will serve as deputy chief of staff for Operations and Geri Byrd will serve as deputy chief of staff for Administration and External Affairs.

    Morton will be reprising the role she held under Pugh. She has 29 years of public service experience, about half of it working for city government. She began her
    career as a prosecutor with the Baltimore City state’s attorney’s office and has held leadership positions with the state, the city and in the nonprofit sector.

    Mozell worked as chief of staff to Young for the past four years and served as his deputy chief of staff for five years before that. She has also held other positions in the city government and has worked for a member of Congress and for the Maryland General Assembly.

    Hammen represented the 46th District in the House of Delegates from January 1995 to December 2016, and was chair of the Health and Government Operations Committee. He joined Pugh’s staff shortly after she took office in December 2016 and served as chief of operations.

    Goldstein is the vice president of the Abell Foundation. Prior to joining the Abell Foundation in 2018, Goldstein was the managing director of Programs and Grants at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. She previously served as the director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice under ex-mayors Sheila Dixon (D) and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) from 2007 through 2012.

    Byrd also worked for Pugh, most recently as deputy chief of staff. She began her career in public service in 2009, working for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    “With more than 85 years of combined public service experience, I have full confidence that this team has the ability to hit the ground running. They are all tireless servants for
    the residents of Baltimore,” Young said in a statement. “My administration will be focused on reducing crime in our city, creating pathways to success for our youth and cleaning up Baltimore.”

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