Rahn Resigns, Gregory Slater Named Transportation Secretary

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn announced this week he plans to resign effective January 9, 2020. As reported by the Baltimore Sun,

As Gov. Larry Hogan’s top transportation official since 2015, Rahn has overseen the state’s highways, mass transit systems, toll facilities, Motor Vehicle Administration, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

“I am very proud of what the department has done on behalf of the governor,” Rahn, 65, said in a phone interview. “It certainly has been a challenge. This is my third state. It is by far the most complex state that I have worked in. … I have no doubt that the department’s going to continue to do great things.”

Courtesy SHA

Gregory Slater, Administrator for the State Highway Administration (SHA), has been named by the Governor to take over as Transportation Secretary effective January 10, 2020. He is subject to Senate confirmation. As reported by Maryland Matters,

Gregory Slater, currently the head of the State Highway Administration, will take over as transportation secretary. Lawmakers and local officials regard the even-keeled Slater to be professional, competent and easy to work with.

“Greg Slater has committed his career to public service, and has earned a reputation around the country as an innovator who is tireless and relentless about transportation solutions,” Hogan said in a statement Monday. “Greg will continue to lead our efforts to advance the once-in-a-generation Beltway Accord to address some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. With his decades of experience, Greg is sure to build on our balanced approach to infrastructure, including record investment in transit, as leader of the Maryland Department of Transportation.”

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