Baltimore Police Department spokesman Matt Jablow is leaving the department and will join a local public relations firm run by former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s communication consultant.
Jablow said this week he has been exploring other opportunities and is leaving the department amicably.
“The time just seemed to be perfect," he said. “I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a while.”
Jablow said his last day heading the department’s public information office is Feb. 14. He will then become a partner with Gregory W. Tucker, founder of The Tucker Group LLC.
Tucker stepped down in March before Pugh’s home was raided by FBI agents a month later. Pugh was later indicted on wire fraud charges related to the sales of her Healthy Holly books, which federal prosecutors said was a fraudulent way for her to make money and stock her campaign coffers. She has since pleaded guilty and her sentencing is set for February.
Jablow was hired by the department in March 2018 under former Commissioner Darryl De Sousa to serve as the department’s chief of strategic communications. He earned $153,000 a year. It was his second stint on the department, having previously served as chief spokesman from 2003 to 2007.
Jablow had also been a broadcast journalist. He told The Baltimore Sun last week he wants to return to video production, including working on documentaries. He said at his new job he will continue to work on videos for clients.
Lindsey Eldridge will serve as the acting director of public affairs and community outreach. She has been the community outreach coordinator since August, and has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Morgan State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Baltimore.
Jablow said in a statement he enjoyed working for the police department “and the relationships I built with many of the Department’s men and women, who do their jobs incredibly well under incredibly difficult circumstances. It was an honor, truly an honor, to work with them.”