Baltimore City

Top Rawlings-Blake deputy resigns, citing health

Yolanda Jiggetts, one of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's three deputies, has announced her resignation, citing health concerns, City Hall officials said.

Mayoral spokesman Ryan O'Doherty said Monday that Jiggetts — the deputy chief for public safety, operations and CitiStat — will be on medical leave until Sept. 3, which will be the official date of her resignation. He declined to describe her health problems and asked that her privacy be respected.


Jiggetts' deputy, Barbara Zektick, is taking over her duties, O'Doherty said.

"Our thoughts are with Yolanda and her family during this challenging time," he said. "She's been with the city on and off for about 10 years. We wish her a full recovery."


Jiggetts, 40, did not respond to a request for comment.

City Councilman Robert Curran said he grew "very impressed" with Jiggetts during her tenure at City Hall.

"She always had command of the issues," he said. "I'm sad that she's leaving because I had a lot of respect for her."

Jiggetts had replaced former Deputy Mayor Christopher Thomaskutty, who announced in March he was leaving city government after nine years to become an executive at Mercy Medical Center.

Jiggetts' departure is the latest in a series of resignations at City Hall. Since fall, the city's police commissioner, budget director, development chief, parks director and the mayor's chief of staff have left or announced plans to leave. Jiggetts was a member of the panel searching for a new police commissioner to replace Frederick H. Bealefeld III, whose last day is Aug. 1.

Breaking News Alerts

Breaking News Alerts

As it happens

Be informed of breaking news as it happens and notified about other don't-miss content with our free news alerts.

She began her career in city government in 1999. Among other roles, she held positions in the housing department, recreation and parks and code enforcement.

Rawlings-Blake named Jiggetts one of her three deputy chiefs in May, after Peter O'Malley, the younger brother of Gov. Martin O'Malley, resigned as her chief of staff to join a private law firm. Alexander M. Sanchez, a former state labor secretary, is now chief of staff.

The mayor has also recently hired new directors of finance, information technology, human resources and minority business.


The mayor's two other deputy chiefs are Kaliope Parthemos, who oversees economic and neighborhood development, and Kimberly Washington, who is responsible for government and community affairs.

Parthemos and Washington are childhood friends of Rawlings-Blake who have been top advisers to her since she was City Council president.