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O'Malley Taking Two More from Baltimore

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Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) today tapped two more trusted aides from Baltimore City Hall for senior staff positions when he moves to Annapolis in January.

O'Malley, the Baltimore mayor, announced that Peggy J. Watson, a former city finance director, and Matthew D. Gallagher, director of the mayor's CitiStat program, would serve as deputy chiefs of staff.

Watson and Gallagher will report to Michael R. Enright, O'Malley's first deputy mayor in Baltimore whom O'Malley designated as his gubernatorial chief of staff nearly two weeks ago.

In a statement, Enright called Gallagher and Watson "two of the most competent and able administrators that I have ever had the pleasure to work with."

Aides said that O'Malley will reach beyond City Hall in upcoming announcements of additional staff and Cabinet picks. Several other members of his inner circle in Baltimore are expected to move with him to Annapolis, however.

O'Malley credited Watson, who served as Baltimore's finance director from 2000 to 2005, with building the city's reserve fund from $17.3 million in 1999 to more than $56 million in 2004.

Gallagher has directed CitiStat since 1999. The management initiative uses an array of statistics to chart progress and hold city agency heads accountable.

By John Wagner  |  November 29, 2006; 11:54 AM ET
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