Montgomery County Executive-Elect Marc Elrich Announces Andrew Kleine as Nominee for Chief Administrative Officer

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2018

Media Contact: Scott Peterson, 202-277-9412,

Rockville, MD – Montgomery County Executive-Elect Marc Elrich announced Andrew Kleine as his nominee for Chief Administrative Officer (C.A.O.) for the Montgomery County government. The Chief Administrative Officer supervises county departments and directs the day-to-day operations of county government. Kleine is subject to confirmation by the Montgomery County Council before assuming responsibilities.

“I met and became friends with Andrew over our shared commitment to affordable housing,” said Marc Elrich while introducing Andrew Kleine to his Transition Team. “I know Andrew shares my belief that policy should be both data-driven and compassionate. His innovative mind and fiscal expertise are exactly what we need to achieve big things at a time of constrained revenues. I know that he is more fiscally conservative than my instincts might be and I think that is a good thing. I decided early on that I would not surround myself with mirrors – because mirrors lie. You end up seeing what you want to see. And, I don’t want to see what I want to see, I want to see what is actually there. I want to make sure that the people coming into my administration have a diversity of views and expertise in areas that I don’t have.”

Currently Kleine is chairing Marc’s Transition Team, which is focusing on seven Priority Outcomes reflecting the goals that Marc championed during his campaign. Andrew and Marc believe the best policies are both data-driven and compassionate, and that county government must be transparent and accountable to residents.

“I am honored to be Marc’s nominee for Chief Administrative Officer,” said Andrew Kleine. “I have been a resident of Montgomery County for half of my life, and I’m excited to get to work helping lead county government at a time of great change and opportunity..”

Bio of Andrew Kleine:

Andrew Kleine is a nationally recognized leader in budgeting for outcomes, long-term financial planning, Lean Government, and pension and health benefit reform. He is #40 on the 2017 ELGL Traeger List of Top 100 Local Government Influencers. He is the author of the new book, City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes (Rowman & Littlefield).

Andrew served as Baltimore’s budget director from 2008 to 2018, after nearly 15 years of federal government service that included budget and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, White House Office of Management and Budget, and Corporation for National and Community Service.

His implementation of Outcome Budgeting in Baltimore helped the city prioritize its spending during an unprecedented fiscal crisis. He engaged citizens in the budget process with a citizen survey, citizens’ guide to the budget, and budget workshops and online tools that allowed citizens to try their hand at balancing the city budget.

Andrew led the development of the city’s first-ever ten-year financial plan, which has already cut a large structural budget deficit in half, reduced taxes, shrunk unfunded liabilities by 25 percent, pumped more than $250 million into infrastructure projects, and boosted the City’s bond rating to AA.

His Lean Government and Innovation Fund initiatives improved customer service and business process efficiency across city agencies.

He aligned strategic planning, budgeting and performance management in a whole new way that has become a model for other cities. “OutcomeStat” received the Government Finance Officers Association’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Financial Management.

Andrew received the 2016 National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Andrew has a long record of civic involvement in Montgomery County. He has served as treasurer of Casa de Maryland and moderator of the President’s Council of Silver Spring Civic Associations (PREZCO), and currently sits on the board of the Montgomery County Revenue Authority. He co-founded the non-profit CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research), which supports low-income families in Long Branch and Takoma Park. He has also coached youth soccer, baseball and basketball.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Andrew lives with his wife Kelly and children, Sara Gail and Schroeder, in Silver Spring, Maryland.