Enright Steps Down as O'Malley's Chief of Staff
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that Michael R. Enright, a boyhood friend and longtime aide, was stepping down as his chief of staff and would take on a new role as senior adviser to the governor.
Matthew D. Gallagher, a deputy chief of staff known for his mastery of the nuts and bolts of state government, will take over Enright's role.
Enright served as first deputy mayor during O'Malley's tenure as mayor of Baltimore and moved with him to Annapolis in 2007 when he became governor.
An O'Malley adviser said Enright had been seeking the move for some time so that he could free himself from running the day-to-day operations of government and focus more on issues he has a keen interest in. Gallagher has taken on a growing role in running the administration in recent months.
"I asked the governor for the opportunity to concentrate my attentions on a number of critical issues about which I feel particularly strong," Enright said in a statement, identifying those issues as Maryland's energy future and spending of federal stimulus funds.
In a statement, O'Malley (D) praised Enright, saying: "Michael has a done a great job as my chief of staff for ten years. Especially during these tough times, I am pleased that Michael will be focusing even more of his attention on two of the most important issues facing the families of our state, energy and economic recovery."
Gallagher also worked for O'Malley in Baltimore, spearheading his statistics-driven government accountability program, CitiStat, which received national attention.
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