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Mayor names new director of public safety, criminal justice in Baltimore

Neal M. Janey Jr., a former city police officer, prosecutor and legal counsel for the Baltimore Police Department, has been chosen to fill two top criminal justice positions in the administration of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Janey will serve as both director of public safety and director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice. He replaces Public Safety Director Stephanie Robinson, who also had been serving as acting director of the criminal justice office since the departure of Angela Johnese in May.

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Robinson is leaving her position voluntarily to become director of human resources for the Baltimore Police Department, a position that had been open, officials said.

Janey, 42, the son of former City Solicitor Neal Janey, will serve in both positions in a permanent capacity.

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As public safety director, Janey will serve as a liaison among police, the Baltimore Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management and between those agencies and City Hall on matters of policy and budget. He will advise on public safety issues in Rawlings-Blake's Cabinet.

As director of the criminal justice office, Janey will coordinate criminal justice strategies among city, state and federal agencies and community groups; lead efforts to assist residents with criminal backgrounds; and oversee grant-funded programs supporting youth public safety and crime reduction initiatives.

In addition to his work as a police officer in Baltimore, Janey has served as a prosecutor in the Baltimore state's attorney's office and the Maryland attorney general's office. He was deputy chief counsel to the Police Department and has worked as an attorney in the private sector. He most recently served as assistant general counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which oversees the Metro system in Washington.

"Neal brings such a depth of experience and knowledge from his work at all levels of our criminal justice system," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "I am confident that he will quickly become an important leader in our all-hands-on-deck approach to reducing violent crime and our work with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve police-community relations."

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Janey, a graduate of Morgan State University and of the University of Maryland School of Law, said in a statement that Baltimore faces "urgent crime issues," and that he looks forward to joining Rawlings-Blake's public-safety team.

"I am hopeful that my time on the street as a police officer, and in the courtroom as a prosecutor and as an attorney representing the police department, will help me bring new perspectives and ideas to the position," he said.

Janey's salary will be $125,000. He was not available Friday for an interview.

His appointment continues months of turnover in Rawlings-Blake's administration, including in key public-safety positions.

Rawlings-Blake fired police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in July, and replaced him with Kevin Davis, who was confirmed as the permanent commissioner this week. Rawlings-Blake announced in September that she will not seek re-election.

In addition to Janey, Rawlings-Blake's administration has made two additional hires in the criminal justice office, naming Lori Lickstein as coordinator of the Sexual Assault Recovery Team and Daisy Heartberg as coordinator of McElderry Park revitalization efforts.

Janey will start in his new roles Monday. He will report directly to Rawlings-Blake's chief of staff, Kaliope Parthemos.

Johnese left as director of the criminal justice office in May, along with the former Sexual Assault Recovery Team coordinator, Heather Brantner. Officials at the time declined to say under what terms they departed.

Robinson was named director of public safety in March, when Rawlings-Blake restructured the position — which had been deputy mayor of public safety. Robert Maloney, who Robinson replaced, became director of the Office of Emergency Management.

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