Director, Department of General Services
Steve Sharkey is the Director of the Department of General Services. In the twelve years he has worked for the City of Baltimore he has worked hard to improve City Government. He started as an intern and rose to become the Director of the Department of General Services. During this time Mr. Sharkey has served in a myriad of administrative capacities. Through careful administrative oversight, financial responsibility, and innovative executive management, Mr. Sharkey has made quantifiable improvements to the functionality of the municipal government.
In his current capacity as Director of the Department of General Services, Mr. Sharkey manages over three hundred employees while improving operational efficiency in fleet management, facilities maintenance, and capital design and construction. By initiating a bi-weekly accountability review with top managers, he has overseen a sixty-percent decrease in the building maintenance backlog and faster turnaround time for capital projects. By initiating better financial tracking measures, the agency has come in under budget three consecutive years.
Throughout his time working for the City of Baltimore, Mr. Sharkey’s efforts in improving government efficiency has garnered awards and attention locally and nationally. His accomplishments in graffiti removal were chronicled in The PerformanceStat Potential by Harvard Professor Bob Behn. He was also named one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Leaders under 40 years old. Also, He was one of the winners of the 2016 NextGen Public Service Awards. As a result of his leadership, the Department of General Services has received awards from the Downtown Partnership and the Baltimore National Heritage Area.
Mr. Sharkey holds a BA in Political Science from McDaniel College and a Master’s in Public Policy from UMBC. He lives in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore with his wife and two daughters.
"I am excited to support the Mayor in her goal to improve employment options for all Baltimore City residents. Jobs will be the key to our long term success as a City."