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Bill Driscoll, City Hall fixture since the 1970s, retires

William "Bill" Driscoll, a City Hall fixture since the 1970s and current chief of staff to the City Council president, retired Friday.

"It was a fascinating place to work," Driscoll, 65, said. "I hope that I did some good stuff and moved legislation that helped people. I loved it. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

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Driscoll, who was paid $95,000 annually, began his career working for Mayor William Donald Schaefer in 1975 shortly after graduating from Towson University with a degree in social science, according to City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's office. His political work began as a 12-year-old poll worker for J. Joseph Curran, Sr.'s political organization -- the United Third District Democratic Club.  In February 2010, Young picked Driscoll to become the top staffer in his office, helping to establish legislative and policy priorities, Young's office said.

Driscoll said he'll miss working with the council members and others in City Hall.

"It was almost like being a teacher, he said. "You see a wave of students go through and another wave come in. I saw three council members come in as a freshmen and become mayors. Martin [O'Malley] became governor."

In a statement, Young said the citizens of Baltimore have benefited from "Bill's sharp political mind and calming spirit."

"When he first mentioned the idea of retirement to me many months ago my first thought was to ignore him and hope that he would forget," Young said. "Bill spent his adult life fighting to improve the conditions faced by average Baltimoreans. He's a true public servant and I am proud to have worked closely with him during my time as Council President."

Carolyn Blakeney, Young's deputy chief of staff, will replace Driscoll. She will make $98,000.

lbroadwater@baltsun.com

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