Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is considering hiring a former acting Baltimore Police commissioner - a recent critic of the agency and an advocate for tougher policing tactics - for a role in City Hall where he would advise her on crime policy. Anthony Barksdale was acting commissioner in 2012.
Last year, the election of eight young, energetic and progressive leaders remade Baltimore’s City Council. Here are five steps they should take in 2018 to continue to deliver on their promise of change.
While CitiStat spread throughout the nation, it was allowed to languish here in Baltimore. The program fell behind new technological developments, went without a director for long periods, and lost its most important aspect: its teeth. After years of neglect, what is truly required is bigger vision and renewed commitment by the city to leverage data, hold agency heads accountable and drive results. Managing for results through CitiStat will not only improve city services, it will save precious
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has removed embattled CitiStat Director Mark H. Grimes, who for the past 20 months has led the agency charged with monitoring and analyzing the local government's work.
In speeches and documents, Baltimore's mayor continues to brag about CitiStat, the data-driven accountability agency that has helped guide policy and strategy for the past 15 years. But statistics about the agency's performance tell a different story. In 2014, BaltCitiStat lost data-analysis staff, failed to publish any department reports and canceled a third of the meetings that have been the backbone of a process still replicated in other U.S. cities. Some departments, including those