Thursday, December 11, 2014
HOGAN BEGINS STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Craig Williams, director of policy and U.S. government affairs at biotechnology firm Amgen, will serve as Hogan's chief of staff. Hogan cited Williams' expertise on the state health care system as a strong point, in a state that suffered a disastrous roll-out of its Affordable Care Act sign-up portal. Williams previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Ehrlich.
Maryland Senator Joe Getty, who is currently leading the Hogan transition's legislative and policy team, will stay on as the chief legislative officer in the Hogan-Rutherford administration. Hogan said Getty's top charge will be to "get the state’s financial house in order," following revelations that Maryland's finances are in even worse shape than initially believed.
Continuing on the finance theme, Bobby Neall, former member of the House of Delegates, state senator, and Anne Arundel County Executive, rounded out yesterday's appointments. Neall was named a special adviser to the governor on fiscal matters. Hogan called Neall the "most experienced and most trusted fiscal mind in our state."
Neall will join Hogan again today in Annapolis for a media briefing on the state budget, with the latest analysis of the financial shortfall ahead of next year's legislative session.