Baltimore's director of human resources will step down in January, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Friday.

Gladys B. Gaskins, who made a salary of $152,680, will be pursuing new opportunities, according to a statement from the mayor's office. Deputy director of human resources S. Yvonne Moore, who makes $82,228, will serve as interim director as City Hall searches for Gaskins' permanent replacement.

"Director Gaskins has been an exceptional and committed public servant for the citizens of Baltimore and we are all very thankful for her many years of service," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "During her time, she has been instrumental in updating and upgrading our HR policies, processes and systems to ensure that the City of Baltimore is on the cutting edge of HR best practices. Director Gaskins leaves a positive legacy with the agency and City government and we wish her the very best in all her future endeavors."

In September, Gaskins led the implementation of a new online recruiting system for city government, which the mayor's office praised as greatly increasing the efficiency of the city's application process.

Gaskins began her career at City Hall in 2004, and Mayor Martin O'Malley promoted her to human resources director in 2005. She was responsible for the administration of the department and of benefits for the city's 17,000 employees and 22,000 retirees.

"It has been a great honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore and our city's workforce," Gaskins said in a statement. "Looking back, it has been a rewarding and positive experience to work with so many committed and distinguished professionals in City Government."

Moore has served as deputy director of the department since 2007.

In October, Rawlings-Blake began summoning Cabinet members for one-on-one meetings with an eye toward a possible shakeup for city leadership, according to sources close to her. Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, Ryan O'Doherty, said at the time that the mayor is "constantly evaluating the leadership of all city agencies and is going to continue to demand results from everyone."

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