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Maryland Transportation Secretary Swaim-Staley to resign

Beverley Swaim-Staley will step down as Maryland’s transportation secretary effective July 1, the secretary announced earlier this week.

Swaim-Staley, the first woman to be appointed transportation secretary, will resign after 25 years of state service, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials said in a prepared statement.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed her to the post in September 2009. Prior to accepting position, Swaim-Staley served as deputy transportation secretary from 2007 to 2009; she previously served as deputy secretary from 1999 through 2003, during which time she also directed all operations at BWI Marshall Airport following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent revolution in airport security.

“With her strong background in both finance and transportation, Beverley guided our transportation efforts during the most difficult economic downturn this country has faced in generations,” said O’Malley. “Despite the economic challenges, we made significant progress including the development of an award winning public-private partnership at the Port of Baltimore and the opening of the Intercounty Connector.”

Also during her tenure, she served as Maryland’s senior representative on the inter-jurisdictional effort to strengthen the safety and improve the governance of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and helped improve reliability and on-time performance of the MARC commuter-rail system. 

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