Baltimore CitiStat director resigns

Baltimore's CitiStat director resigned Friday, after he refused a transfer to a different job in city government, administration officials said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday informed Chad Kenney, who was named director in 2012, that she wanted to transfer him within city government, according to Kevin Harris, the mayor's spokesman. Kenney declined, and resigned instead, Harris said.

"He was never asked to leave the administration. He was given the opportunity to go into a different position," Harris said. "The mayor presented Chad some other options that would have been a better fit."

Harris said he could not elaborate on Rawlings-Blake's reasons for wanting a transfer. Kenney did not respond to requests for comment.

A former teacher and CitiStat analyst, Kenney took over a program that was in turmoil. CitiStat reports hadn't been posted online for two years, and the program had gone nearly two months without holding a meeting. Kenney began posting reports online and holding regular sessions to discuss the agency's performance.

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration created CitiStat more than a decade ago during his tenure as mayor. CitiStat tracks the performance of general services, water and wastewater, fire, health, housing, police, recreation and parks and transportation agencies, and each is supposed to be regularly analyzed. Meetings to track the city's cleanliness, gun violence, homelessness and domestic violence are also supposed to be frequently held.

Harris said he expects "no interruption" to regular CitiStat meetings. An analyst, Sean Norris, will take over the job temporarily, Harris said.

"The administration thanks Chad for his service and counsel over the years," Harris said.

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