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Hogan Announces Health Secretary’s Departure

December 15th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Van Mitchell is departing to pursue private sector opportunities, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday.

Dennis Schrader, the governor's secretary of appointments, will take over, Hogan said. Mitchell has served as health secretary for two years. Schrader, the former deputy secretary of transportation is a retired U.S. Navy captain and professional engineer who previously served in executive roles at the University of Maryland Medical System.

“I want to offer my deepest gratitude to Van Mitchell for his steadfast service to the citizens of Maryland, and for all he has done to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” Hogan said in a statement. “I know that the department is in good hands with Dennis Schrader, one of the most qualified and intelligent individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Chris Cavey, deputy appointments secretary, was appointed to the role Schrader is leaving.

Hogan also named Sean Powell his deputy chief of staff, following Roy McGrath's exit for a position not yet announced. Powell currently heads the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. SDAT deputy secretary Michael Higgs will serve as acting secretary while officials seek a permanent replacement.

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