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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.

By John Wagner  |  September 2, 2009; 4:51 PM ET
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So lets get this straight:

O'Malley is creating a government job for his best friend, on the same day he cuts and furloughs everyone else?

Michael Enright is part of the the problem. He is the main offender of those who tell the Emporer his clothes are beautiful. That skill gets people far with O'Malley. It's that same problematic environment that says "yes, Martin, slots will solve our problems."

Posted by: tcs1999 | September 3, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

My compliments to the Governor and his selection of Matt Gallagher as chief of staff. Michael Enright was very effective for ten years - I dont blame him for wanting to do something else.

Gov. O'malley has done an excellent job as Governor. A lot of credit is due to the excellent staff he has assembled.

Perhaps the previous commentor would like to go back to the days of the Ehrlich evesdropping, and lack of focus on anything beneficial for our State.

Posted by: politcoterp | September 3, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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