Governor O'Malley Announces Nominees For Four More Cabinet Positions - Southern Maryland Headline News

Governor O'Malley Announces Nominees For Four More Cabinet Positions


ANNAPOLIS - Governor Martin O'Malley today announced the nomination of four additional cabinet secretaries for the O'Malley-Brown Administration: Alvin C. Collins to be Secretary of the Department of General Services, David W. Edgerley to be Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Former Senator Gloria G. Lawlah to be Secretary of the Department of Aging, and Donald W. DeVore to be Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services.

"I am proud to nominate Alvin Collins, David Edgerley, Gloria Lawlah, and Donald DeVore to join the O'Malley-Brown Administration," Governor O'Malley said. "They are all highly professional and competent administrators with a deep knowledge of their departments and state government. I look forward to working with them to move our State forward."

Alvin Collins was most recently Chief of Staff to the Anne Arundel County Executive, as well as Chair of the County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and as a Human Services Officer. Previously, Collins was Chief of Staff to the Governor of Maryland, Executive Director of the Office of Family Assistance at the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Maryland's Department of Human Resources, and Director of Baltimore City's Department of Social Services. He has also worked as Director of the Department of Human Services in New Haven, Connecticut, as an Administrative Services Officer in Arlington County, and as an Instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

"I am looking forward to working with the O'Malley-Brown Administration to help make our government more effective in serving its citizens," said Collins. "I will partner with our new Governor to strengthen the management of the Department of General Services."

Collins received his B.S. degree from Southern Connecticut State College, his Masters in Education from Harvard University, and performed additional study in Social Administration at the University of Maryland. He currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

David Edgerley is former Director of the Department of Economic Development for Montgomery County and Special Assistant to the President of Montgomery College, where he expanded high-tech business in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and leading technology companies. Before, Edgerley was the Director of the Allegany County Department of Economic Development and Director of the Allegany County Office of Development Assistance.

"I look forward to working with Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, as we work to keep Maryland competitive in the global economy and expand biotech and life sciences in our State," said Edgerley. "In order to fulfill Governor O'Malley's goal of One Maryland with a strong and growing middle class, we must make our state more business-friendly, while still protecting our working families."

Edgerley received a B.A. from Frostburg State University, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Shenandoah College, and an M.B.A. from Mt. Saint Mary's. He has served his community through the Carl M. Freeman Foundation-Faces Board, the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, the Technology Council of Maryland, as the Dean of the Graduate school Advisory Council at the University of Maryland, as President of the Maryland Economic Development Association, as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of both the Cumberland Theater and the Bethesda Cultural alliance, and as Chair of the Greater Washington Initiative of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Edgerley is a resident of Germantown, Maryland.

Gloria Lawlah most recently served as a Senator to the Maryland General Assembly from Prince George's County, where she was Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, Chair of the Prince George's Delegation, Chair of the Health and Human Service Subcommittee and the Health, Education, & Human Resources Subcommittee, and a member of the Budget and Taxation, Capital Budget, and Joint Audit Committee. Outside of the legislature, Lawlah serves as federal liaison for the Office of External Relations for Bowie State University.

"I am honored to serve the Aging Department under Governor O'Malley," said Lawlah. "By improving health care and strengthening our support systems, we will prove to our seniors that there is no such thing as a spare Marylander."

Lawlah is a graduate of Hampton University (B.S.) and Trinity College (M.A.). Lawlah currently lives in Hillcrest Heights with her husband, and is a proud role model for her three children and six grandchildren.

Donald DeVore is the Director of Juvenile Services for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and President and Owner of DeVore and Associates, which provides federal consent judgment monitoring and justice consulting services to governments and private agencies. Previously, DeVore was Vice-President of Innovative Educational Programs for Basking Ridge, NJ, and Division Administrator for a number of departments focused on juvenile and adult recovery in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. DeVore was also the Executive Director of the Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Youth Center.

"It is an honor to serve the O'Malley-Brown Administration as Secretary of Juvenile Services," said DeVore. "I look forward to working with Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown to begin reforming our Department of Juvenile Services."

DeVore serves as a Federal Court Monitor for an agreement between the US Department of Justice and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, as well as a Federal Court Monitor for three other federal cases in other states. DeVore is an Assistant Professor at Villanova University's Department of Graduate Studies. He received his B.S. Degree from Temple University, his M.S. from West Chester State College, and attended graduate study in Public Administration at Nova University. He currently lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

Source: Gov. O'Malley's Office

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