xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Baltimore mayor's spokeswoman takes new role in minority business office

Amanda Smith, the chief spokeswoman for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, said she has taken a new role in the city administration’s minority business office.

In an email late Friday, Smith said she had accepted a promotion to a role with the Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Development. It was not immediately clear what Smith’s role in the office is.

Advertisement

“The greatest reward is to work side by side with you in moving Baltimore forward, and I am grateful also to Mayor Pugh for providing me with an opportunity to apply my abilities to help the city that I love so dearly, prosper,” Smith wrote in the email to her colleagues.

She is the second spokesperson to leave the job since November, when Anthony McCarthy left to found a church and run the NAACP’s Baltimore chapter.

Advertisement
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday created 20 new positions in her office, including eight neighborhood liaisons, five homeless outreach workers and six in media and communications. 

Since then, the city has not had a director of communications.

Pugh has said McCarthy’s departure gave her the chance to review her communications operation. The mayor has hired a consultant to help devise a new strategy, and last week the city’s spending board approved the creation of six new communications jobs in her office.

McCarthy and Smith were both holdovers from the administration of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The new spokesman for the mayor’s office is Deputy Press Secretary James E. Bentley II. He joined the mayor’s office in July and works as a contractor.

-- Ian Duncan

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement