Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh talks Wednesday about creating 20 new positions in her office. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video) Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday established 20 new positions in several divisions within her office as part of a move to expand city services and better promote them.

The new positions include eight neighborhood liaisons, five homeless outreach workers and six media and communications representatives. The move continues an expansion of the budget for the mayor’s office that exceeds spending by previous administrations.

Pugh has budgeted $8.6 million for her office in the current spending plan for fiscal year 2018. That’s an 83 percent increase over the $4.7 million average amount spent annually from 2010 to 2016, according to budget documents.

And it more than doubles the $3.8 million budgeted in fiscal year 2007, considered to be the pre-recession peak spending year by a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis of city government spending across the nation. Pugh said the jobs would be housed in various divisions of her office, such as the employment development agency that helps residents find work.

“What people don’t understand is the mayor’s office has layers,” she said. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Pugh, approved the positions unanimously without discussion. Read more from…

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