5th Staffer Leaving Baltimore Mayor’s Criminal Justice Office

5th Staffer Leaving Baltimore Mayor’s Criminal Justice Office

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake holds a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Baltimore.  The mayor called on U.S. government investigators to look into whether this city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing. Rawlings-Blake's request came a day after new Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the city and pledged to improve the police department.  (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Office of Criminal Justice has lost five staffmembers in three months. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Luke Broadwater, THE BALTIMORE SUN

BALTIMORE (The Baltimore Sun) — A fifth member of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Office on Criminal Justice is leaving the agency, city officials confirmed.

Amy Hartman, who led city efforts to increase public safety in the southeast neighborhood of McElderry Park, has submitted her resignation — meaning nearly a third of the 16-member office is departing amid the recent surge in violence.

LeVar Michael, who led the city’s anti-violence program Operation Ceasefire, resigned in March over his concerns that the city wasn’t implementing the program properly. Last month, Angela Johnese, director of the criminal justice office, and Heather Brantner, the mayor’s Sexual Assault Response Team coordinator, left their posts. Officials declined to say under what terms they departed. And Shannon Cosgrove, the office’s deputy director, submitted her resignation days later.

Hartman, who made $48,000 a year, declined to comment.