Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake attributed the high turnover at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) – The Brew reported that five senor staffers have resigned or announced their resignations in the last month – as part of a normal transition when new leadership is installed in an agency.
“I think we’re definitely headed in the right direction and we have a lot of positive projects going forward,” she said when asked today whether she had full confidence in Brenda McKenzie, whom she appointed president and CEO of the BDC from a mid-level post at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
“I think anytime you have a relatively new agency head or division head, there is a period of assessment and after that, I don’t think you’ll find instances where there aren’t changes,” Rawlings-Blake said.
Asked if the loss of top economic liaisons for both Harbor Point and the Westside “Superblock” will hurt projects that she has strongly backed, the mayor said:
“Change happens. . . When people have other opportunities that they want to pursue, I make it clear to everyone that I am always grateful that they gave their best to this administration and to the city, but if they have a better opportunity, I will never stand in their way.”
She added, “I’m optimistic, and I am looking forward to good things coming out of the BDC in the future.”