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Deputy City Solicitor David Ralph to leave Pugh administration

Deputy City Solicitor David Ralph to leave Pugh administration
David Ralph, right, with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Catherine Pugh, helped negotiate the consent secree with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore Police Department. (Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun)

Deputy City Solicitor David Ralph will leave the Pugh administration at the end of the month to work in the private sector, the city announced Tuesday.

Ralph, who recently helped negotiate the consent decree with the Department of Justice aimed at reforming the Baltimore Police Department, has worked in city government for 13 years, including as acting city solicitor.

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"It is with great sadness that I accept Deputy Solicitor David Ralph's resignation from the City of Baltimore Law Department, to return to the private sector," new City Solicitor Andre Davis said in a statement. "David is an invaluable member of our legal team and a stellar human being. He will be dearly missed, by both the lawyers and staff of this Department and by elected and appointed officials throughout City government."

Before working for the city, Ralph was a partner at the law firm of Saul Ewing. Former Solicitor George Nilson elevated him to deputy solicitor in 2010, and he has been acting city solicitor for the past year.

"With Solicitor Davis newly installed, it is both easier and more difficult to leave the Law Department," Ralph said in a statement. "Baltimore is truly in great hands, and it is getting even better to work here than it has been, and working here has been one of the highlights or my career."

Ralph's salary was $150,000.

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