Jack Young Biography
Bernard C. “Jack” Young is an American Democratic politician who is the current mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. He was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1996 representing Baltimore’s second district. Young became City Council President in 2010 following Stephanie Rawlings-Blake taking over as mayor due to the indictment of Sheila Dixon.
Young was named acting mayor on April 2, 2019 during the leave of absence by Mayor Catherine Pugh. Due to Pugh’s resignation on May 2, 2019, Young was fully vested as mayor of the city. He expressed an interest in running for his prior seat as Council President once his term as Mayor ends in December 2020.
Jack Young Age
Bernard C. “Jack” Young was born on June 26, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Jack Young Career
Young first worked in the cafeteria and mailroom, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, before joining the radiology department as a file clerk and eventually an administrator, in which he helped digitize the department archives. By the late 1980s, Young started spending his evenings and weekends serving on the staff of Baltimore City Council member Mary Pat Clarke.
He was a manager at the Maryland Department of Human Resources from 2007 to 2010. Young has been a member of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Council since 1995 and is a co-founder of the Broadway Development Foundation.
Councilman Young was unanimously nominated in February 2010 to fill the position of City Council President after former City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Mayor of Baltimore following the resignation of former Mayor Sheila Dixon.
On April 2, 2019, Young was elevated to Acting Mayor, when then Mayor Catherine Pugh went on an indefinite leave of absence to recover from pneumonia. The announcement coincided with a scandal over a “self-dealing” book-sales arrangement. Pugh resigned and Young became mayor of the city on May 2, 2019.
Jack Young Controversies
In 2009, Young created controversy when he stated that “it should be required that all top-level people live in the city,” referring to a report by the Baltimore Examiner that most Baltimore City police commanders don’t live in the city.
WBAL-TV’s Jayne Miller reported on February 1, 2010, that Young himself owned a home in Harford County for which he had signed an affidavit that declared the Harford County home was his primary residence. Young said the house in Harford County had served as his summer home until he sold it in 2005.