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DNR's Schwaab headed to Obama administration

Eric Schwaab, deputy secretary at the Department of Natural Resources, is the latest O'Malley administration official headed to the Obama administration.

Schwaab has been appointed assistant administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and will head the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The position is "an outstanding achievement and extraordinary career opportunity for Eric, and a boon for national fisheries management," state DNR Secretary John Griffin said in an e-mail to his staff this week.

"It is also a huge loss for our agency and the State of Maryland," Griffin added in the e-mail.

Schwaab held seven different position at DNR, starting out as a Natural Resources Police Officer in 1983, before taking a hiatus to work for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Washington. Griffin lured Schwaab back to DNR after Martin O'Malley (D) became governor in 2007.

Joe Gill, who served as the chief lawyer for DNR for the past 14 years, will take over as deputy secretary, Griffin announced Thursday.

By John Wagner  |  February 11, 2010; 7:41 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , John Wagner  
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I want to know what is the Md. National Guard doing? All I see is some Humvees in Baltimore, meanwhile, state roads are still a mess and people stranded had to wait days for rescue. Why isn't the gov ordering the guard to get out there with bucket loaders, graders, dump trucks and other heavy equipment to help dig out? Many people will be killed or injured on the roads due to lousy sight distance from piles of snow that could've been moved if the proper equipment had been in use.

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