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Posted at 5:05 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Environment, higher ed secretaries leaving O'Malley administration

By John Wagner

Gov. Martin O'Malley's secretaries of the environment and higher education announced Tuesday that they will not return for a second term, bringing to three the number of Cabinet members who have announced their departure since O'Malley's Nov. 2 re-election.

Shari Wilson.jpgEnvironment Secretary Shari T. Wilson said in a statement Tuesday that she "has requested not to be considered for another term," calling it "a personal decision" to depart the O'Malley (D) administration.

Wilson is stepping down from the department, which enforces environmental regulations, on Dec. 6, in less than two weeks.

Prior to joining the administration in January 2007, Wilson worked for Baltimore in the law and planning departments.

"Her leadership to forge consensus for Maryland's approach to climate change and reducing stormwater pollution, as well as her efforts to increase efficiency and accountability within the agency are to be commended," O'Malley said in a statement.

James Lyons.jpgHigher Education Secretary James E. Lyons Sr. said in a statement Tuesday that he will officially retire on Jan. 1, bring to a close a nearly four-decade career in higher ed.

Prior to his arrival in the O'Malley administration in March 2007, Lyons served as president of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

In a statement, O'Malley said Lyons's "dedication and hard work have proven him to be an effective leader. ... He will be missed, but we wish him well during a much deserved retirement."

Last week, Juvenile Services Secretary Donald W. DeVore announced that he is "pursuing an opportunity in a different state" and will not be returning for O'Malley's second term.

By John Wagner  | November 23, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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I wonder if the Environment Secretary is leaving because she is frustrated that no matter what she does, O'Malley takes her budget for the General Fund ($160M from the Save the Bay Foundation in 2010).

And I wonder if the Higher Education Secretary is leaving because he doesn't want his legacy to end on the low note that will no-doubt be caused by O'Malley's self-proclaimed "diet of painful cuts" to things like higher education.

I'm sure both of these people, who sound like hard workers, are tired of their efforts constantly being sabotaged by this administration.

Posted by: JohnJWalters | November 24, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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