A trip to England by Nick Mosby, one of his aides, is for the approval of the Board of Estimates

Last month, Baltimore City Council Chairman Nick Mosby was booked into a four-night stay in a $539-a-night suite in Ocean City during the Maryland County Assembly Conference (MACO).

Counting meals, transportation, and expenses, the taxpayer picnic costs $3,008.

Last week, his chief of staff, Lawrence Rashad Anderson, traveled to England for a course on “Skills and Qualities That Lead to Chief of Staff Success”.

Tomorrow the Estimates Board, which Mosby chairs, will be asked to retroactively approve Anderson’s travel and course expenses, which amounted to $9,144.70, according to the board’s agenda.

Held at Oxford University’s Said Business School, the program featured five days of “deep reflection, debate and discussion guided by contributions from leading academics and notable expert speakers,” according to Trent Smith, chief executive of the Chiefs of Staff Association, the New York group that sponsored the event.

Based on the Society’s inaugural program last April, Anderson and 39 other executives were at Oxford to discuss issues such as “defining the role of the Chief of Staff,” “Five Cs for Courageous Communication” (listed as clarification, affirmation, context, conversation and affirmation) and Hourglass or Swiss Army Knife?

The Executive Certificate Program is designed to elevate a position long considered a glorified management position to a bona fide professional career, according to Smith.

Using the analogy of a Swiss army knife, the course asserted that COSs are “generalists with a variety of skills that can be applied in any situation.”

The controversy in Richmond

Anderson is a Baltimore native and longtime friend of Mosby, who was set to net $142,500 a year — or $20,000 more than its previous incumbent, Michael J. Hooper — after Mosby won the presidency in 2020.

He served briefly as chief of staff for the Richmond, Virginia City Council, where he stirred up controversy by approving $25,000 more than authorized for a consultant to review the Richmond Coliseum’s replacement plan.

Several Richmond Council members objected to the inflated contract, one saying they were “flying blind,” but the contract was later confirmed by a 5-4 vote.

Prior to that, Anderson was a principal at Half/Acre Communications, a small public relations and political strategies firm. Through the District of Columbia letter, Anderson recently contributed $100 to Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state attorney and Nick Mosby’s wife.

In seeking approval for his assistant’s travel costs, Mosby’s office told the BOE, “This is a direct benefit to the City of Baltimore. During his visit, he was engaged in professional development directly related to the core responsibilities of the Chief of Staff role and emerging challenges.”

Anderson did not respond to questions from drink about the flight.

According to information available online, the $6,795 tuition fee covered his stay at the Marriott Courtyard in Oxford, as well as three meals per day during the five-day course.

Mosby’s office is seeking an additional $876, or $146 per day, to cover Anderson’s “petty cash, remittances and transportation fees.”

Information provided to the Council indicates that he came to England at the start of the weekly Labor Day holiday and left last Saturday, the day after the session ended.

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