Baltimore environmental official fired amid investigation

The director of Baltimore's Environmental Control Board was fired Friday amid an investigation by the city's inspector general into payroll issues.

Attorney Sandra E. Baker, who had worked in city government for 13 years, was dismissed after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received "notification from the inspector general's office indicating discrepancies between hours billed to the city and actual hours worked," said Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, Kevin Harris. "The inspector general's findings were of a severe enough nature that the mayor decided immediate termination was the most appropriate response."

Reached by phone, Baker, who was paid $96,000 annually, declined to comment.

Rawlings-Blake has appointed Mary Beth Haller, assistant health Commissioner for the Bureau of Environmental Health, to serve as interim director of the Environmental Control Board.

The board enforces sanitation, environmental, health and other quality-of-life issues.

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