Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore has appointed her former Deputy Mayor and longtime friend and advisor Kalliope Parthemos as her Chief of Staff. The position is viewed as the second most powerful position in the city of more than 600,000 people and the 26th largest in the nation.
Parthemos has consistently held a high profile in City Hall and has been a fixture in the city’s Greek and mainstream communities. She often appears at functions with the mayor and participates in philanthropic activities, including annual breast cancer walks.
She has also been credited with closely involving the city’s Greek community with City Hall.
The grade school friendship she formed with Rawlings-Blake has led her to an array of trusted positions as Rawlings-Blake’s career has moved up the ladder at City Hall.
She leaves a position of deputy mayor and deputy chief for economic and neighborhood development, and was deputy chief of staff when Rawlings-Blake was president of the City Council.
She has also supervised the Office of Neighborhoods and Office of Constituent Services and served as a foster care caseworker for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and public defender in Baltimore City.
Parthemos will now oversee day-to-day operations throughout city government. She will make $172,000 annually.
City officials praised the appointment. City Council Vice President Edward Reisinger said “Kaliope is a very tough, pragmatic manager.”
“This is the best move that the mayor has made as far as arranging staff,” echoed City Councilman Brandon Scott. “To have someone who understands and cares about the city as a whole and is from the city is desperately needed in the city government.”