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City finance nominee had turbulent record in Richmond

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's nominee for city finance director spent a tumultuous three years as top financial official in Richmond, Va., during which he oversaw the forced ejection of the school board from City Hall and was sued by the Richmond City Council, according to news reports.

Harry E. Black was nicknamed "the mayor's pit bull" for the ferocity with which he implemented Mayor L. Douglas Wilder's agenda in Richmond from 2005 to 2008, according to news reports. The City Council there twice rejected Black's appointment for a higher-ranking position, citing his aggressive personality.

In Baltimore on Monday, Black attributed his contentious...