Inside City Hall: Three weeks

Tomi Hiers

Tomi Hiers.

Photo by: Courtesy of Mayor’s Office

Well, that was quick.

Thomasina (Tomi) Hiers took over as acting chief of staff for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake when Peter O’Malley departed on April 6.

Today Hiers told friends and associates she’ll be leaving the mayor’s office this Friday, or three weeks later.

Hiers was hired by Rawlings-Blake in June 2010 as director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services, which administers the city’s homeless programs. She was paid $130,000 a year, according to CitiStat.

She has played a low-key public role and was not considered a mayoral intimate. Her resignation was not announced by Rawlings-Blake’s office, but Hiers informed associates in a brief e-mail this afternoon under the subject title “So. . .”

“I am not sure if you have heard but my tenure at the Mayor’s office will come to an end on April 27th,” it began.

Hiers said she accepted the position of deputy secretary for programs at the Maryland Department of Human Resources. “My work at DHR continues my longstanding commitment to assisting disadvantaged populations and helping them secure the support and services needed to meet their basic human needs and, ultimately, move out of poverty,” she wrote.

We’re looking forward to chief of staff No. 4 since the mayor took office in February two years ago.

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  • Ktrueheart

    Our little princess must have had another temper tantrum!  Good for you Ms. Hiers, you are too good to serve in this administration … much success in your life-long pursuits!

  • Mair

    Just a guess…..Ms. Hiers application for the job at DHR had already been submitted before she was appointed Chief of Staff. She apparently felt she couldn’t help the disadvantaged of the City in her old position.

    • mobtownblues

       I’ve known Tomi for many years and I have trouble believing that the reasons for her departure were cynical. On the other hand, I have no problem believing that she was forced out by the same dysfunctional culture in the mayor’s office that has prompted the departure of so many talented people over the past few months.

  • Unellu

    POVERTY–a money maker for some–a cause and a money maker for some others–definitely a jobs creator

    The woman– a fashion plate–
    looking great
    in her boutique bought
    batik dress
    and her chichi chunky necklace–
    declared her life’s mission
    was to ferry the poor
    from precariousness to security–
    from dereliction to benediction–
    from hell holes–
    from park benches–
    from over man holes
    from under bridges–
    from boiling–from sub zero–
    her mission was to deliver the poor–
    from homelessness and hopelessness–
    to hope–to homes–

    But the poor she has sworn to save–
    will be the last to know–
    they are a cause–
    a purpose–
    a project–
    a focus–
    an ambition–
    a spot on a CV–
    they’ll be the last to know–
    or they may never find out–
    her government job they created–
    is worth six figures–

    Such is the nature of poverty–
    it spreads wealth
    while it is being eradicated–
    it puts food on the tables of those
    sent to destroy it–
    it gives comfort to its declared enemies–
    it benefits some of the crusaders–
    brings them accolades–
    to the rest it offers subsistence
    because it never completely surrenders–

    Such is the nature of poverty–
    it supports an entire web
    of bureaucrats–
    and plutocrats–
    out to put it back in Pandora’s box….

    Usha Nellore


  • Rodney D. Foxworth

    It’s really unfortunate for City government to lose someone like Tomi Hiers, but I suppose we should be accustomed to it after the past few months. I doubt very seriously that Tomi departed for her own personal ambitions or for cynical reasons- she’s a Baltimore native and has been working as a public servant forever. Keep in mind that she’s moving on to the Department of Human Resources, where her impact is desperately needed.

  • Scrawford73

    Congratulations to Ms. Hiers for going where she feels that she can do the best work. I believe this says a lot of the administration, to be in office for a fairly short time and to go through three Chiefs of Staff presents question. Who is she keeping close and are they a benefit to the city’s needs.

  • freddie

    If you think working for SRB is tough try working for secretary of DHR Ted Dallas. This guy is a real piece or work.

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