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April 18, 2013

DNR Announces Changes to Leadership Team

by Martha

Three agency veterans promoted as Griffin heads to State House

Following Governor Martin O’Malley’s appointments of John R. Griffin as Chief of Staff and Joseph P. Gill as Secretary of Natural Resources, the two this morning announced additional changes to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) leadership team.

“I am honored to have this new opportunity to work with Governor O’Malley and his team, and am thrilled that he has appointed Joe Gill as my successor,” said Griffin. “As our partners and stakeholders get to know Joe better, they will find him to be an exceptional public servant and a leader of great wisdom, integrity, good will and good humor.”

“Governor O’Malley and Secretary Griffin have set a new course for Maryland’s future in protecting and restoring the best of Maryland’s resources,” said Gill. “It is an honor and a privilege to steward and help build upon their great works.”

As Deputy Secretary Gill moves up to head the 1,200-person agency responsible for managing Maryland’s natural and living resources, two department veterans have also been named to new posts.

After 29 years with DNR, Assistant Secretary for Aquatic Resources Frank Dawson has been named the agency’s new Deputy Secretary. Dave Goshorn, who has been with the department for 21 years and currently serves as Director of the Office for a Sustainable Future, will be taking over as Assistant Secretary.

“Frank has done an outstanding job of managing our diverse and challenging fisheries, Bay and  resource assessment programs, and his experience and institutional knowledge will be invaluable as we build our new team,” said Gill.  “Having worked in both the Fisheries Service and Resource Assessment unit, Dave is the perfect choice to lead our aquatic resource programs.”

Kristin Saunders, Assistant Secretary for Land Resources, and Wilson Parran, Assistant Secretary for Mission Support, round out the agency’s senior management team. To ensure a smooth transition, the internal shift of responsibilities will begin immediately.

“Together, Joe, Frank and Dave are a management dream team,” added Griffin. “With 66 years of policy development and resource management experience specific to DNR between them, I can’t imagine a better scenario for the future management of – and I guess this is this last time I’m allowed to say this – the best agency in State government.”

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