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Enright leaving O'Malley for energy company

Enright mug.jpgMichael R. Enright, a senior aide and friend since high school of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), is leaving the administration for a job with a power and infrastructure company headquartered in Easton, Md.

Enright, 46, stepped down as the governor's chief of staff in September, ending a decade as O'Malley's top aide. During O'Malley's tenure as mayor of Baltimore, Enright served as first deputy mayor. Since September, Enright has carried the title of senior adviser to O'Malley.

Enright's is the latest of several departures from O'Malley's inner circle since he arrived in Annapolis in 2007.

Steve Kearney, O'Malley former communications director, now heads a Baltimore-based public affairs firm. Sean Malone, a former legislative aide, now works as an Annapolis lobbyist, as does Josh White, O'Malley's 2006 campaign manager and former director of intergovernmental affairs. Ralph Tyler, formerly O'Malley's top lawyer, recently took a job as chief counsel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Starting Feb. 1, Enright will become managing director for Beowulf Energy, a private company focused on the development, acquisition and long-term operation of power generation, natural gas exploration, transportation and infrastructure projects.

During his time as chief of staff and as a senior adviser, Enright was heavily involved in energy issues, including O'Malley's contentious relationship with Constellation Energy.

O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said Enright's move to an energy-related firm was "thoroughly vetted" by state lawyers and the ethics commission. Beowulf has no pending cases before the state's Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, or the state more generally, Adamec said.

In a statement, O'Malley said: "Over these last ten years, Michael has been there with me every step of the way in the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland working to improve public safety, make our government more accountable and efficient, and create economic opportunities for families in our state."

By John Wagner  |  January 8, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
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