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Baltimore inspector general hires former City Hall spokesman Anthony McCarthy

The Baltimore inspector general’s office has hired City Hall and campaign veteran Anthony McCarthy to aid in its communication and equity efforts.

“Mr. McCarthy will act as a liaison raising awareness of the OIG’s mission and operations to the public, employees and all city stakeholders,” the office said in a statement on Monday, his first day. His job title is special agent of communications and equity.

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He’s been a spokesman for three mayors — Democrats Sheila Dixon, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Catherine Pugh — and worked on campaigns for Pugh and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume.

McCarthy is also a former editor-in-chief of Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper and hosted “The Anthony McCarthy Show” on WEAA-FM in Baltimore. He’s led the Baltimore City NAACP and served on its board, and been a pastor.

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The office of Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming investigates potential financial fraud, waste, and abuse in city government and by city contractors.

“The OIG believes in continuous improvement and the office must prioritize more engagement with the community in order to further the understanding of what the office does and how it impacts the community we serve. Communication is key,” the office said in its statement on McCarthy’s hiring.

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