After serving five months as deputy city administrator, Chichi Nyagah-Nash is headed for an undisclosed job in the private sector, the Scott administration announced yesterday.
A native of Kenya, Nyagah-Nash has been a quiet, well-respected “utility player” around City Hall, appointed to various administrative positions.
Hired at Fleet Management in 2012 after a brief stint as pubic affairs officer for the ill-fated Baltimore Grand Prix, she quickly advanced.
Under four mayors, she served as division chief at Fleet Management, director of special projects at Housing and Community Development, and deputy director and director of General Services before she replaced Daniel Ramos as deputy city administrator (DCA) last February.
During this period, her yearly salary increased from $54,000 to $185,000, according to online records.
“We are truly saddened to lose Chichi because she has been such a dedicated and tireless servant to the residents of Baltimore,” Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement yesterday.
Nyagah-Nash, who could not be reached for comment, issued an email blast saying, “After 10 years of waking up every day to serve the citizens of Baltimore, working alongside some of the most inspiring people I have had the pleasure to meet, my City journey ends.”
She added, “I am leaving the City a vast different person than the one who first walked onto the 8th floor of Abel Woman [sic] in April 2012.”
Simone C. Johnson, chief of staff and chief operating officer at the Baltimore Health Department, will serve as interim DCA as the administration searches for a permanent replacement.