Joseph P. Gill Sworn in as DNR Secretary
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Joseph P. Gill Sworn in as DNR Secretary

Joseph P. Gill was officially sworn in by Governor Martin O’MalleyAt 9:45 this morning, Joseph P. Gill was officially sworn in by Governor Martin O’Malley as the 8th Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (Outgoing Secretary John R. Griffin held the position twice), following Governor Martin O’Malley’s appointment of Griffin as Chief of Staff last month.

“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. Kristin Saunders, Assistant Secretary for Land Resources, and Wilson Parran, Assistant Secretary for Mission Support, round out the agency’s senior management team.

“Together, Joe, Frank and Dave are a management dream team,” said 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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