Inside City Hall: More arrivals and departures at Hotel SRB

Khalil Zaied named to new post in mayor's office, while Kim Washington vacates her old haunt.

A newcomer is entering Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s inner circle, while a longtime friend is taking leave of City Hall, it was learned today.

Department of Transportation Director Khalil Zaied was named Deputy Chief of Operations in the mayor’s office.

This is a new position, reflecting a division of labor between public safety (police, fire) and operations (public works, transportation) that was straddled by Deputy Mayor Christopher G. Thomaskutty before he resigned last March.

At that time, Rawlings-Blake banished the “deputy mayor” title in favor of “deputy chief” and appointed Yolanda Jiggetts to the position.

Four months later, Jiggetts announced that she was resigning for health reasons, which led the mayor to appoint Robert M. Maloney as Deputy Chief of Emergency Management and Public Safety.

Khalil Zaied with Mayor Rawlings-Blake in 2012 (Photo by Mark Dennis, Mayor's Office)

Mayor Rawlings-Blake smiling with Khalil Zaied (above right) in 2010, and at an Ocean City reception with Kim Washington (below) when City Council President. (First photo by Mark Dennis, second from

That left the deputy chief of operations position, which was assigned to Zaied.

A highway engineer and 24-year veteran of city government, Zaied leaves his DOT post just five months after he was reappointed to a new term by the mayor.

Prior to July 2010, he was director of the Department of General Services.

Zaied will coordinate a portfolio of so-called “operational” agencies, including DOT, Public Works, Parking Authority of Baltimore City and Department of General Services.

“Mr. Zaied is an outstanding public servant,” the mayor said in a release. “His expertise and knowledge will improve oversight, transparency and service delivery of our operational agencies.”

Kim Washington Heads to Housing

At the same time Zaied becomes the fourth deputy chief in the mayor’s office, another top deputy, Kimberly C. (Kim) Washington, is leaving.

Washington has been at the mayor’s side since January 2007 when Rawlings-Blake became City Council President. She and the mayor have known each other since they attended kindergarten at the Episcopal Grace and St. Peter’s School.

In 2010, Washington became deputy chief of staff (under another SRB childhood friend, Sophie Dagenais) when Rawlings-Blake became mayor following the forced resignation of Sheila Dixon.

After Dagenais resigned in 2011 and was replaced by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s younger brother, Peter – Washington was named senior advisor to the mayor.

When Peter O’Malley resigned last spring, Washington was given her current title of Deputy Chief of Government Relations and Community Affairs. She headed a small office responsible for coordinating administration lobbying in Annapolis and before the Baltimore City Council.

Washington will become chief of staff to Baltimore Housing Director Paul T. Graziano next month, it was announced today by the housing department.

In a statement, Washington said: “I’m grateful to Mayor Rawlings-Blake for the opportunity to serve with her for many years, including her transition. In three years, we created a record of reform and change that is preparing Baltimore for years of growth.”

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  • trueheart4life

    Only in Baltimore City can you be the manager responsible for the most egregiously mismanaged red-light camera program in the nation, publically blame the folks who are paid to check your erroneous ticket data and then get a promotion!!! 

  • Gerald Neily

    That’s quite a power vaccum at the city Transportation Department with Khalil Zaied now gone right after Jamie Kendrick’s recent departure. That means the last man standing is Frank Murphy, right?

    • baltimorebrew

      Of senior staff, yes.

      Frank Murphy was named interim director of DOT yesterday. Jamie Kendrick, a man of all trades (formal title: chief of staff), departed in November for MDOT.

  • Melissa Schober

    Guess Yolanda Jiggetts must be recovered since she’s starting as DHMH’s Chief of Staff of Facility Operations today.

  • MC2012

    The fact that the City’s lobbyist bailed right before the City is suppose to go to Annapolis with a unified voice on the big 10-year plan for school construction is telling.  Ms. Washington likely understands the reality of convincing anyone to trust BCPSS is a akin to selling the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • MrGiordano

    Kim Washington has been with Mayor SRB way before 2007 actually, she was her CofStaff when she was the councilwoman for the 6th district?! It be interesting to see a story regarding all the Mayor’s key advisors and staff and their ties to the O’Malley machine?!

  • baltimorebrew

    Note: In an earlier version of this piece, Zaied was identified as a former director of public works. In fact, he was a former director of general services. –MR

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