New director named to oversee Baltimore's CitiStat office - Baltimore


Aug. 10, 2017 12:34 pm

New director named to oversee Baltimore’s CitiStat office

Kendra Parlock was named director of sustainable solutions for the city. She will oversee CitiStat, which may soon have a new name.

Baltimore City Hall.

(Photo by Flickr user David Kirsch, used under a Creative Commons license)

After discussions on revamping CitiStat, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced new moves surrounding the effort to use data in city government.

Pugh named a new director on Wednesday, and there’s a new title involved.

Kendra Parlock was appointed director of sustainable solutions for city government. In the role, she will oversee the CitStat office. That may be getting a new name, as well. Parlock said she is considering the name CitiSmart.

“Data-driven decisions in government really has its roots here, in Baltimore, with CitiStat,” she said, referring to the program’s introduction under former Mayor Martin O’Malley. “So I’ll be building on those strengths, and also identifying areas for improvement in using those to drive performance management for better outcomes.”

At a CityLab Baltimore event last week, Pugh talked about wanting to do more with the program, including expanding it to more types of data. At the end of the week, the Baltimore Sun reported that director Sameer Sidh stepped down to take a job as chief of staff at Towson University.

Kendra Parlock speaks to reporters at City Hall. (Photo via Facebook/Mayor Catherine Pugh)

Kendra Parlock speaks to reporters at City Hall. (Photo via Facebook/Mayor Catherine Pugh)

Pugh said Parlock, who previously worked in the private sector, is charged with restoring and enhancing CitiStat.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is Market Editor for Baltimore and DC. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following stints in New Orleans and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Baltimore Fishbowl, NOLA Defender, Times-Picayune and the Rio Grande Sun.


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