City Hall “Budget Wonk” Heading to Montgomery CAO Role

“Sustainability is Key” Says Andrew Kleine, Incoming Chief Administrative Officer for Montgomery County

Andrew Kleine, longtime Director of the Baltimore City budget office, and recent author of “City on the Line” (MACo’s “Good Government Book Club” selection for January’s conference), will take the reins in December as Montgomery County’s new Chief Administrative Officer. His appointment, as all top county staff, is pending Council approval.

A profile in Bethesda Magazine review his goals and ideas heading into the new role:

Putting together a diverse and talented leadership team that collaborates to achieve Marc’s vision of a more equitable and inclusive Montgomery County, and his priority outcomes [such as] thriving youth and families, a growing economy, a greener county and effective, sustainable government. Implementing Marc’s first 90 days financial to-do list, which includes initiating a 10-year financial plan. Fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, so that county government can deliver more results per dollar spent.

Not long ago, while promoting his recent book, Kleine was featured in the Baltimore Brew online magazine:

He hired some new folk and, he says, set about dismantling “the heavily fortified silos of agency budgets and replacing them with large pools of funding dedicated to the outcomes we seek.”

“Better Schools,” “Safer Streets,” “Stronger Neighborhoods,” “A Growing Economy,” “Innovative Government,” “A Cleaner City” and “A Healthier City.”

Kleine grouped city spending into these broad categories, which he then divided into various outcomes whose performances could be objectively measured.

Andrew Kleine will be at MACo’s Winter Conference, to discuss his book “City on the Line.” Want to be there? Want a free copy of the book? Register for the conference, and let us know you’re coming – the first 20 copies of the book are on MACo! Read more on Andrew and the book club here.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties