Baltimore's budget director said Tuesday he's applied for a vacant seat on the Montgomery County Council — and will resign his position here if he is named to the council.
Andrew W. Kleine, 44, of Silver Spring, is among the applicants seeking to fill Councilwoman Valerie Ervin's seat, who resigned on Jan. 3 to take a job at a nonprofit.
"The opportunity was totally unexpected," Kleine said. "As a lifelong public servant and longtime community leader, I could not pass up this exciting chance to serve in a new way. If I am selected, I would resign my position with the city to focus full-time on council business. If I am not selected, I will continue giving 100 percent to a job I enjoy."
Kleine has worked for city government since 2008 and makes $132,400 annually. During that time, he has earned a reputation as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's go-to strategic planner on financial issues. Kleine played a key role in overhauls — including cuts — to city workers' pensions and health care, and on helping decide numerous proposals in the mayor's 10-year plan to shrink city government while avoiding looming economic shortfalls.
"Andrew has spent his entire adult life in public service so it isn't surprising that he'd be interested in this new opportunity to continue serving the public," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "I know how important it is to have people with Andrew's skills and experience helping to shape public policy. He has been a tremendous asset to my Administration. If selected, I wish him all the best."
According to The Washington Post, at least nine people have applied for Ervin's seat. Ervin, who was an elected official for nearly a decade in Montgomery County, took a job to become director of the Center for Working Families.