Grimes' departure came several months after an investigation by The Baltimore Sun found that he had canceled one-third of the meetings that were the backbone of CitiStat's analytical process. The agency also failed to publish any department reports. The Sun also found that Grimes, who was paid $124,000 a year, was involved in a private law practice that holds a state legal contract requiring him to work 22 hours per week.
Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that she also is creating an initiative called OutcomeStat. While CitiStat tracks day-to-day operations of city agencies, OutcomeStat will work with the budget office to track progress on the city's long-term goals, such as school readiness and recycling rates.
"Yes, I want to promote efficiency every single day, but I want it to be bigger than that," Rawlings-Blake said. "If we do these things, we will improve the quality of life for Baltimore residents."
CitiStat was created under Mayor Martin O'Malley, like Rawlings-Blake a Democrat. Other cities have adopted the process, and O'Malley, now campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, points to the agency's creation as a signature accomplishment.