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Former Mount Airy councilwoman named Maryland's secretary of planning

Former Mount Airy councilwoman named Maryland's secretary of planning

The state's new secretary of planning will be a familiar face for many in Carroll County.

Former Mount Airy Councilwoman Wendi Peters will take over the cabinet-level position next month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday.

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Peters, who currently serves as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning, will replace former Harford County Executive David Craig, who has been named executive director of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission. Both appointments will take effect July 6.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Maryland under the leadership of Gov. Hogan, and I am excited and humbled to have this new opportunity," Peters said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to continuing our work at planning as we do our part to help change Maryland for the better."

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In an interview, Peters said Hogan's focus on economic development, local control and flexibility are areas she first gained experience in at the municipal level while working in Mount Airy.

"Those are the things I learned were needed at the local level," she said. "I cut my teeth in that arena."

Prior to her position as deputy secretary, Peters was a paralegal at Ober Kaler in Baltimore.

Peters was elected to the Mount Airy Town Council in 2004 and became the first woman to serve two terms when she was re-elected in 2008.

Peters has a history in both public and community service, including involvement in several groups such as the Mount Airy Main Street Association and Mount Airy Historical Society.

"Wendi has been an active leader and volunteer in her community for more than two decades," Hogan said in a Friday news release. "Her current position as deputy secretary, in addition to her experience in her hometown of Mount Airy including roles involving planning, business development and fiscal issues, has given her the necessary skills to successfully lead the department."

Craig, 67, is a Havre de Grace resident who has headed the state department of planning since early 2015.

According to the governor's announcement, Craig will now be responsible for developing and implementing projects and activities in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I. The World War I Commission, which was established on Nov. 11, 2015, and consists of up to 11 members, will present a plan to the governor by June 30, 2017.

"I would like to thank David for his service at the Department of Planning and wish him well in his new leadership role of this historic commission," Hogan said in a statement. "Over the past 18 months, David has built a strong foundation for the department, and I am confident that Wendi will continue to effectively lead the department in her new position."

Craig couldn't immediately be reached for comment. In a statement released with the governor's announcement, he said: "I was both honored and humbled to serve as the secretary of Planning. I look forward to continuing to serve the Hogan administration by helping the governor recognize Maryland's significant role in World War I."

The announcement notes that Craig has a background in education spanning more than 30 years, 15 of which were spent as a history teacher. "An avid historian and published author, Craig developed a love of World War I at an early age," the announcement states.

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