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Rawlings-Blake selects prosecutor to lead Environmental Control Board

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday named a former city prosecutor to head the city's Environmental Control Board after the mayor fired its former director.

The mayor selected Rebecca Woods, who has worked at the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office since 2007, to lead the agency. There, she prosecuted animal cruelty cases, including the 2013 conviction of a man accused of beating a cat with a metal pole, and served as a member of the Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission. In 2012, Woods prosecuted a man who was convicted of twice running on the field during an Orioles and Ravens game.

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In a statement, Woods said she was "excited" to start the new job. She will earn $85,000 annually.

The Environmental Control Board enforces sanitation, environmental, health and other quality-of-life issues.

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Its former director, lawyer Sandra E. Baker, who made $96,000 annually, was terminated in August for claiming she worked 81 hours — earning $4,252 — when the city's inspector general said she actually shopped, traveled out of state and visited a hairdresser and pedicurist.

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