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Former Mayor Cohen Settles In to New Job with State

"I truly loved the job," Cohen said. "There was a lot that I was looking forward to in the next four years."

Former Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen. (Photo by D. Frank Smith)
Former Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen. (Photo by D. Frank Smith)
Former Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has secured a new job with the Maryland Department of General Services as its chief administrative officer.

In his new role, Cohen will oversee the administrative departments of DGS, and use his political experience to advise Secretary Alvin C. Collins.

"I was looking for a position where I felt like I could make a difference," Cohen said. "It's a real management position, where I'm going to be able to build on my experience with finance and budgeting and personnel, and really help with the day-to-day decisions that help an organization run efficiently."

The department manages all state buildings, from expanding to new structures and keeping up with existing ones. The job will take him more than 40 minutes north to Baltimore from his home in Annapolis each day. It will also be a more behind-the-scenes role than his days as mayor.

Since his role as mayor ended on Dec. 2, with the inauguration of Mayor Mike Pantelides, Cohen said life has been moving at a more leisurely pace. And that change came with both pros and cons, he said.

"I truly loved the job," he said. "There was a lot that I was looking forward to in the next four years."

Saying goodbye to his colleagues on the City Council and at City Hall was one of the hardest parts of leaving, said Cohen. He spent the last few weeks sitting down with the department heads and thanking them for their work during his time as mayor.

"It really is like a big family," Cohen said.

As for the future, Cohen said running for public office isn't something on his mind. For now, he's enjoying the extra time with family that often wasn't afforded for a life of public service.

While snow pounded the East Coast this weekend, Cohen said four years of being in the mayor's seat made his mind focus on the city's response. What could he do to help?

"I was thinking about our emergency operations center, and what preparations we had made," he said. "But now, I could watch it all from the warmth of my living room, instead of shoveling out snow from my driveway and heading to the EOC, leaving my family at home."

Cohen starts his new job with the state on Wednesday.

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sandy bannister December 10, 2013 at 09:20 AM
I appreciated Mr. Cohen's gracious departure. However, a government bureaucracy is not; "It really is like a big family," . It must provide efficient delivery of services and protect tax dollars. Confusing it with family is wrong. The Market House is a financial disaster which will burden Annapolis taxpayers for years to come. The council, alleged interest groups, whatever the excuse or cause; the former mayor's fingerprints are on that project.
Steven Conn December 14, 2013 at 08:01 AM
"It's like a big family?" Of course it is when you use it as a "jobs program for campaigners, friends, and family." Some call that a warm and fuzzy feeling, others call it cronyism. I often wonder why some can't seem to pry themselves away from the government teet. Perhaps some individuals aren't suited to work in the high paced private industry world? If Cohen's management of Market House had anything to do with landing this new government job gig, managing all state buildings, all Marylander's should be VERY worried.
Mike December 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
"It's a real management position, where I'm going to be able to build on my experience with finance and budgeting and personnel, and really help with the day-to-day decisions that help an organization run efficiently." Market House, doubling our water and trash costs, leveraging the city to the hilt. Sure, that's making a difference alright, but it has nothing to do with making something run efficiently. Just another tick on the taxpayer.

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