Swaim-Staley to be Md.'s transportation secretary

August 31, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown native Beverley K. Swaim-Staley will be Maryland's next transportation secretary.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to announce her appointment Tuesday, as well as that of Edward Chow Jr. as veterans affairs secretary, according to Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for O'Malley.

Swaim-Staley, a South Hagerstown High School graduate, has been acting transportation secretary since June, replacing John D. Porcari, who joined President Obama's administration.

As acting secretary, Swaim-Staley oversaw 9,000 employees and a $3.7 billion annual budget, according to her department profile.

O'Malley appointed her deputy secretary in January 2007, a position she also held from 1999 to 2003.

From 1993 to 1998, she was the department's chief financial officer, her profile says.

Swaim-Staley, who now lives in the Annapolis area, couldn't be reached for comment at her office or at her home Monday.


Swaim-Staley received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1977 and a master's degree in contemporary government in 1982, both from Hood College, according to her résumé.

From 1977 to 1982, she was a program administrator for the Western Maryland Consortium, which helps people find work and get job training.

Her résumé says she also has been a budget and policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, an assistant director of financial management for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and director of the Office of Management and Budget for Montgomery County, Md.

Porcari left O'Malley's administration to become a deputy secretary of transportation under Obama.

Chow is taking over for James A. Adkins.

Abbruzzese said Adkins will continue as adjutant general overseeing the Maryland Military Department, which includes the state's Army and Air national guards. He was serving in both Cabinet positions.

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