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Pr. George's County Exec's Chief of Staff to Step Down

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson's chief of staff will be stepping down at the end of November, Johnson's office announced Thursday afternoon.

Michael Herman, a close Johnson aide, will be leaving his post "to pursue private sector opportunities in both law and government relations," according to a statement from Johnson's office. He will remain Johnson's head lobbyist in Annapolis during the next state legislative session, the statement said.

Herman, who has been rumored to be weighing a run for the state Senate, did not rule out the bid when reached for comment.

"Well, you know ... I'm keeping my options open," he said.

"I'm really delighted that the county executive has asked me to continue to do legislative affairs for the county," he added.

Full news release below:

Michael Herman, Chief of Staff to Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, will be leaving the Office of the County Executive at the end of November. Herman has served as Chief of Staff since December 2002, and before that was a prosecutor in the county for eight years. A former Mayor and Town Council Member of Riverdale Park, Herman has been involved in county and local government for more than 16 years.

"I will truly miss Michael. He has been a vital part of this Administration since its inception. He has worked tirelessly to promote the county and has been a responsible steward of our county resources. He is a trusted and respected public servant and gives his all to everything he does," said County Executive Johnson. Herman has worked for Johnson since 1995 when he began his county government service as an Assistant State's Attorney.

Herman will be leaving to pursue private sector opportunities in both law and government relations. He has been a practicing attorney in Maryland since 1992.

"I am very excited about new opportunities that this transition will bring. It will be hard leaving the government that has been like a second home to me for almost 15 years. I have cherished my various roles as a public servant and look forward to continuing to fight for the people of Prince George's County in my new role," said Herman.

Herman will continue to serve the county as its principal representative in Annapolis. He has overseen the county's legislative operations since 2002. During the 2009 session of the General Assembly, he worked full-time in Annapolis and led the county's legislative affairs team, replacing Tiffany Hanna Anderson, who had become a District Court judge in Prince George's County.

"I know that Michael will continue to give us excellent service in Annapolis. I personally asked him to continue representing the county in the General Assembly. He has done yeoman work there in the past and I know he will continue with the vigor that has been his trademark over his long service to the county. This continuity is critical for our government especially during these challenging economic times," said Johnson.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 15, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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