For Immediate Release 1/8/2015
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City’s newly elected State’s Attorney, made her first major announcement regarding her new administration early Thursday morning. Michael Schatzow, a former partner at Venable LLP, Tammy Brown, a top O’Malley aide from the Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and Steward Beckham, a senior counselor for the Office of Counter Terrorism and Security Preparedness with the Department of Homeland Security.
“Together this team brings a tremendous amount of talent and all of them have made significant achievements in improving public safety to ensure the protection of our citizens,” State’s Attorney Mosby said. “This is a team that will help me provide the leadership needed to reform Baltimore’s justice system by focusing on violent repeat offenders, restoring public trust and protecting our most vulnerable populations.”
Michael Schatzow will fill the role of Chief Deputy of State’s Attorney. The former Venable partner worked as co-counsel for plaintiffs in the DeWolfe v. Richmond case—which drew headlines when the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that defendants unable to afford a lawyer have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings. Schatzow, as the number two Deputy in Mosby’s organizational structure is charged with supervising all prosecutorial units. Schatzow formally served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Assistant Federal Public Defender.
A newly created Department of External Affairs will be spearheaded by Tammy Brown. As Department Chief, Brown is responsible for policy and legislation, communications, victim/witness services, prevention efforts and community engagement. Brown is the former Executive Director of Gov. O’Malley’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. In this capacity, she managed the statewide distribution of more than $100 million in state and federal grant funding and served as an advisor to the Governor on criminal justice issues. Previously Brown served as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Juvenile Services and is the former Executive Director of the Baltimore City Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
As Chief of Administration, Beckham is charged with managing the Human Resources, Information Technology, and Fiscal divisions of the State’s Attorney’s Office. Beckham, who was most recently responsible for federal emergency management in the Department of Homeland Security, is a longtime public servant who brings 31 years of experience to the Mosby administration. Beckham is also a former Chief of Fiscal Services for the Baltimore City Fire Department, a former private practice attorney and served as Chief Financial Officer for Public Safety and Justice in the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2007.
Mosby says that there is a plan in place to roll out her new organizational structure and announce the remainder of her leadership in the coming days. Her public inauguration will take place Thursday evening.
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