The Baltimore City Council today gave final approval to legislation that, if signed by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and approved by voters, would establish a city administrator position to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations alongside the mayor.
The charter amendment, introduced by City Council President Brandon Scott, was approved by a 9-5 vote, with one abstention. If signed by Mayor Young, the measure will appear on the ballot in the 2020 general election.
“The Chief Administrative Officer would be appointed and supervised by the Mayor, and focused on improving performance in City agencies, ensuring accurate information about City services is publicly available, and increasing government responsiveness to resident’s needs,” according to a statement from City Council President Brandon Scott’s office.
According to the Baltimore Sun:
The city administrator would oversee municipal services, supervise agencies, help prepare the budget and advise the mayor on policy. The mayor would choose the administrator, whose hiring would need confirmation by the council.