Young names new director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young tapped one of the heads of the Baltimore Innovation Team, Tamika C. Gauvin, to lead the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, a little more than a week after the previous director resigned.

In an announcement, the mayor’s office touted Gauvin’s data research to help the Baltimore Police Department recruit new officers, a campaign that has led to a 400 percent increase in applications.

Before today’s announcement, Gauvin’s team within the Mayor’s Office of Performance & Innovation was developing programs to promote city cleanliness and intervene with youth who commit non-violent misdemeanors.

“Reducing violent crime in Baltimore City is a top priority of my administration,” Young said in a statement. “I am committed to utilizing a holistic approach to achieve that end and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice will be critical in achieving that goal. As a leader on the Baltimore City Innovation Team and in her previous experiences, Tamika Gauvin has proven herself an exceptional, thoughtful, and methodical manager.”

Ganesha Martin, the previous director in charge of criminal justice initiatives within the Young administration, submitted her resignation on Nov. 25. She is due to leave on Dec. 10.

Martin, who was appointed in March by former Mayor Catherine Pugh, previously worked as the head of the Department of Justice Compliance, Accountability and External Affairs Division in the BPD, ensuring police were complying with the federally mandated consent decree. She left that job after Pugh fired former Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

Prior to that, she had also worked as Davis’ chief of staff, as well as the chief of community engagement and external affairs and director of legislative affairs.

Gauvin will take over on Dec. 17.

Brandon Weigel

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