Anthony McCarthy, the former spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, has taken a position leading the city's NAACP chapter.
McCarthy’s appointment was announced Friday by Ronald Flamer, the chapter’s new president. He will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, filling a position that has been vacant since 1995.
“We are excited to have someone of Anthony’s caliber take on this leadership position with the Baltimore City NAACP,” Flamer said in a statement. “He has a strong history of social justice advocacy and brings decades of experience in public service and media to the job.”
McCarthy departed Pugh’s office in November to found a church. He had long been a fixture at City Hall, serving under mayors Sheila Dixon and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“The response has been overwhelming positive from the community,” McCarthy said. “I’ve gotten calls from a lot of the business community and the advocates and activist community who want to partner and become part of the future of the NAACP.”
McCarthy pointed to the implementation of a federal civil rights decree for the Baltimore Police Department, economic development and helping people get their criminal records expunged as areas where the organization should be playing a role.
“There is a long laundry list of work that needs to continue in the struggle for civil and human rights,” he said.