Case #1130.1

How to Bite the Bullet: Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Fire Station Closings (B Sequel)

Publication Date: January 01, 1992
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The newly elected mayor of Baltimore, faced with both serious budget problems and a campaign pledge to increase funding for the city's school system, decides to save money by doing what previous mayors have tried to do and failed: close several of the city's older fire stations widely considered to be unnecessary, given the capabilities of modern fire fighting apparatus. As a black mayor poised to close stations in white working-class neighborhoods, however, Schmoke must decide how to make the news public. Among his options: an address to the city at large; a message to the city council; an announcement by the fire chief. This case about communication as an aspect of political strategy is followed by the B case, which raises issues about how elected officials should respond to interest groups-in this case, protests led by neighborhoods aggrieved by the fire station closings.

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Case Author:
Harvey Simon
Faculty Lead:
Marc Roberts
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States