ANNAPOLIS, MD—Ahead of the New Year, Governor Larry Hogan today announced three key appointments:
- Former Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike gill was appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, succeeding Secretary Kelly Schulz.
- Executive Director of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) James F. Ports, Jr., has been appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), succeeding secretary Greg Slater.
- William pins, Chief Engineer of MDTA, will succeed Ports as Executive Director of MDTA.
Governor Hogan made the following statement:
“We are delighted to add new members to our Cabinet with extensive experience and a deep commitment to public service. Mike Gill has helped lead our economic recovery for the first four years of our administration, and it’s great to have him back to finish the job. Jim Ports has held important transportation positions at the federal, state and local levels, and he is the perfect person to continue to capitalize on all of our record investments in roads and transit.
“I also want to congratulate Will Pines, a talented engineer who has led some of our biggest projects and who well deserves the opportunity to lead MDTA.
“Greg Slater and Kelly Schulz have made countless contributions to improve Maryland. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their service, and we wish them well in their future endeavors. “
Maryland Department of Commerce
Gill is President of Columbia-based Evergreen Advisors, which was his role prior to serving as Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce from 2015 to 2019. He has four decades of business experience, including founding Hoyt Capital, a investment and consultancy at the service of startups and growing companies. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the Maryland University System from 2004 to 2009.
“After all the work we did in the first term to make a difference, it was gratifying to see the continued progress Maryland has made in becoming one of the most business-friendly states in the country,” said Gill said. “When the governor asked me to come back, I jumped at the chance to lead the talented men and women of Commerce again. I want to thank Kelly for the exceptional job she has done, and we all wish her and her family the best of luck.
“I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the Hogan administration over the past seven years – working daily to improve the lives of Marylanders has been an honor of a lifetime,” said Secretary Schulz. “Working with Governor Hogan, as Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Commerce, we have accomplished a lot, from leading nationally recognized vocational training and apprenticeship programs to becoming the most state-of-the-art state. improved for businesses across the country. I thank Governor Hogan for entrusting me with such great responsibilities and allowing me to have the privilege of working with so many wonderful people across state government.
Maryland Department of Transportation
As MDTA executive Director, Ports oversees all state toll facilities and the Maryland E-ZPass system. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Ports served as Deputy Secretary of MDOT under two administrations. In addition, he previously served as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and General Manager of the Harford County Transit System.
Pines served as MDTA Chief Engineer since 2019. He has contributed to important regional initiatives such as the District Department of Transportation’s Selection Committee for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Replacement and an on-going National Highway Cooperative Research Program expert panel for evaluation of suspension bridges.
“I am incredibly honored to have the confidence of Governor Hogan and the opportunity to lead the dedicated professionals of the Maryland Department of Transportation,” said the Ports Executive Director. “We will continue to provide all of the services that are a part of everyday Marylanders’ lives and the incredible advancements in infrastructure that we are making across the state. I would like to personally thank Greg Slater for his friendship and leadership.
“Serving as the Maryland Transportation Secretary has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life and career,” Secretary Slater said. “I cannot thank Governor Hogan enough, the men and women of MDOT and the people we serve for the confidence they had in me in this important role at such a critical time. Through challenges and progress, we continued to serve day and night, seven days a week. ”
Secretary Slater accepted an opportunity in the out-of-state transportation industry.
Each of these appointments will take effect on January 11, 2022.
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