Incoming city comptroller Bill Henry adds local business, nonprofit leaders to his team
Outgoing city councilman and incoming comptroller Bill Henry has tapped two top staffers for when he takes office in December, and has also selected a who’s-who of Baltimore business and nonprofit leaders to help steer the office’s first major overhaul in two and a half decades. Henry, who defeated six-term incumbent Joan Pratt in a hotly contested primary in June, said Wednesday that attorney Erika McClammy — currently serving as the Health Department’s client and legal services director — will be his deputy comptroller. And filling the role of chief of staff will be Celeste Amato, who has been president of the Maryland Philanthropy Network (formerly the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers) since 2012.
In statements, Henry said he has known McClammy — also a former O’Malley era city staffer — for her whole career and that she “is extremely dedicated to fairness, efficiency, and public service.” Of Amato, who earlier on served as spokesperson for the Department of Public Works and worked for the Baltimore Development Corp., he said she “will be an invaluable asset to my office and the entire City of Baltimore,” and that “her expertise will be key to the office’s greater transparency and much-needed modernization.”
Henry spoke at length with the BBJ in June about the need to modernize the comptroller’s office and make the role more transparent, including replacing aged technology and workflows and setting up a new database for the public to review previously issued contracts and campaign donations to elected officials.
Source: Baltimore Business Journal