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Anthony McCarthy, former spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, is the new executive director of the city's NAACP chapter.
Anthony McCarthy, former spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, is the new executive director of the city's NAACP chapter. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

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.

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“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.

McCarthy arrives at the civil rights group amid a shake-up in its leadership. Tessa Hill-Aston, who had been the chapter’s president for seven years, resigned in October.

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