O'Malley's juvenile services secretary stepping down
Maryland Juvenile Services Secretary Donald W. DeVore announced Thursday that he is "pursuing an opportunity in a different state" and will not be returning for Gov. Martin O'Malley's second term.
DeVore is one of a handful of Cabinet secretaries who could be replaced in coming weeks, now that the election is over and O'Malley (D) is preparing for another four years in office, his advisers have said.
Prior to his arrival in March 2007, DeVore held a similar position in Connecticut, overseeing that state's agency responsible for delinquent youths. DeVore took over a department in Maryland with a history of troubles that continued under his watch, including the murder of a teacher at the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County.
In a statement, O'Malley wished DeVore well and offered tepid praise for his tenure, saying "despite inheriting a long-troubled agency, important strides have been made in the last four years."
Matthew Joseph, executive director of Advocates for Children and Youth, said Maryland remains well behind many other states, including Missouri, in adopting reforms that research has shown lead to lower recidivism rates. During his tenure, DeVore made only limited progress on such reforms, Joseph said.
"In our mind, there's no question that the agency remains very dysfunctional," Joseph said.
O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said O'Malley will conduct a national search for a replacement, with the goal of naming DeVore's successor by mid-January, when the next legislative session starts. Adamec said DeVore will assist with the process.
| November 18, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
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