Former Squeegee Collaborative Leader And Deputy Mayor Faith Leach Tapped As New City Administrator

Deputy Mayor Faith Leach poses with a former squeegee worker now with the Department of Public Works. Screenshot via @FaithPLeach on Twitter.

What’s happening?

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott named Deputy Mayor Faith Leach as the new city administrator, Emily Opilo reports for the Baltimore Sun. Leach is only the second person to be appointed to the newly created position, which will task her with leading the city’s staff of about 12,500 employees and managing systems such as water billing, procurement, and recycling collection.

What are some of Leach’s contributions to Baltimore City so far? 

Leach joined the Scott administration in 2021 as the deputy mayor of equity, health, and human services. During her tenure, Leach has led the city’s outreach programs to squeegee workers, and she worked on the city’s guaranteed income pilot program.

Before joining the Baltimore City government, Leach worked as the chief of staff for the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Foundation. She also worked in Washington D.C., where she started as a fiscal policy manager and eventually became the chief of staff to the deputy mayor for greater economic opportunity under the Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser administration. 

Anything else I should know?

Scott announced the appointment on Tuesday and awaits confirmation from the Baltimore City Council. Leach would assume the post formerly occupied by Chris Shorter, who resigned in December for a position in Prince William County, Virginia.

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