Baltimore inspector general resigns

Baltimore's inspector general has resigned, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

Robert H. Pearre Jr. left the position after citing "personal and family issues that required his undivided time and attention," according to Rawlings-Blake spokesman Anthony McCarthy. The resignation is effective Tuesday.


The former FBI agent served in the position for more than three years.

Pearre did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rawlings-Blake's office released few details.

"The Mayor thanks Mr. Pearre for his service to the City of Baltimore," McCarthy said in a statement.

Rawlings-Blake tapped Pearre for the job in 2013. Before joining the city, he had a lengthy career with the FBI. He served as investigator for the House Appropriations Committee in Washington from 2003 to 2007.

He earned $135,000 last year.

Pearre released a report this month showing his office saved the city about $9 million last year by preventing waste, recovering money and avoiding unnecessary expenses.

Stemming from a recent investigation by Pearre's team, city government workers who accepted bribes from trash haulers have been ordered to pay the city more than $8 million in restitution.

The city also is expected to collect $165,000 in restitution from Investment Management Enterprise, a corporation that pleaded guilty to theft after overbilling the Mayor's Office of Information Technology. That case also originated with the inspector general.