How much is Councilman Nick J. Mosby involved in the job of his wife, new Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby?
It's a question a lot of Baltimoreans asked this week, after a former employee of the prosecutor's office posted an open letter online, alleging Nick Mosby was involved in decisions about personnel changes in the office.
Councilman Mosby, who represents West Baltimore's 7th district, denied the allegations in an interview. He said he plays no role in the prosecutor's office, and plans to recuse himself from any City Council votes involving the office.
"I helped move some boxes in. Other than that, I have nothing to do with her office and her administration," he said. "I had nothing to do with any of the firings. I promise you. It's flat out wrong and a lie."
As Marilyn Mosby took office last week, several frontline prosecutors and other staff were dismissed. On Tuesday night, Cristie Cole, a data analyst for the office who said she was fired, sent an agency-wide email criticizing Mosby's decisions and questioning whether they were politically motivated or agenda-driven.
Marilyn Mosby has declined to comment on what she said was an email sent by a "disgruntled former employee."
Asked if he is advising his wife on decisions, Nick Mosby said he is not.
"I rub Marilyn's feet when she gets home. I've been taking care of our daughters to ensure she can spend enough time in the office," he said. "I don't have a [law degree]. I'm on the City Council. That's where my focus is."
Marilyn Mosby defeated previous State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein in last year's Democratic primary. This week, she announced a slate of new hires as part of an office restructuring that she said will beef up intelligence gathering and improve relations with the community. She said the new structure was based in part on ideas from prosecutors' offices in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Nick Mosby said he won't need to recuse himself from many council votes, because the council rarely takes action involving the State's Attorney's Office. The council does, however, approve the city's budget, which provides funding for city prosecutors.