Mayor Catherine Pugh has selected the former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chesapeake to lead Baltimore's human services agency.
Terry Hickey will oversee a $52 million budget, 150 employees and a variety of programs, including homeless intervention services, education and financial literacy classes for low-income households and Head Start centers, Pugh's office announced Wednesday.
Hickey, who has served as acting director since December, will earn $121,000 a year.
"I have come to rely on Terry for his sound advice and strong leadership," Pugh said in a statement. "He and I both share a safer, healthier vision for City residents which I hope to have implemented under his direction."
Hickey said he will work to execute Pugh's "vision for collaborative, innovative and equitable services for our youth, families and our most vulnerable residents."
Hickey was a founding director of Community Law in Action.