7:37 PM EDT, April 30, 2012
Former Hagerstown resident Beverley K. Swaim-Staley is leaving her position as Maryland’s transportation secretary, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office announced Monday.
Her resignation takes effect July 1, the governor’s office said in a news release.
Swaim-Staley is the state’s first female transportation secretary. O’Malley appointed her in September 2009.
Swaim-Staley was deputy transportation secretary from 1999 to 2003, and again from 2007 to 2009.
She graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1974.
The governor’s office did not give a reason for Swaim-Staley’s resignation.
In the news release, O’Malley, a Democrat, said, “Throughout her tenure, she has solidified her reputation as a skilled and forward-thinking executive. 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. 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.”
David Ferguson, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, issued a news release saying Swaim-Staley left “a 25-year legacy of poor highway planning, deferred maintenance and traffic that is permanently gridlocked. She will be best remembered for providing Marylanders with roads that look like the surface of the moon, outrageous fare increases, and public transportation that is some of the worst in the nation.”
— Andrew Schotz
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