Harford's Craig confirmed as Maryland planning secretary
By AEGIS STAFF REPORT
Feb 17, 2015 at 9:27 AM
The appointment of former Harford County Executive David R. Craig as secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning was confirmed Friday by the State Senate.
Craig, 65, a lifelong Havre de Grace resident who served as county executive for nearly 10 years, was appointed planning secretary last month by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Craig is one of three long-time Harford County residents serving in the Hogan cabinet. Stephen Moyer, from Edgewood, is the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and James Fielder Jr., from Bel Air, is the governor's appointments secretary.
A Republican, Craig ran for governor last year, losing to Hogan in the GOP primary in June. Craig actively supported Hogan during his successful general election campaign and later became a member of Hogan's transition team.
Craig, who became county executive in 2005 and served until Dec. 1, 2014, has more than 30 years of experience serving in both local and state government.
In his hometown of Havre de Grace, Craig served on the City Council from 1979 to 1985 and then was twice elected mayor, serving from 1985 to 1989 and then from 2001 until he was appointed county executive. He also served single terms in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991 to 1995 and in the State Senate from 1995 to 1999.
According to a statement Craig released Friday, as county executive, he confronted issues such as comprehensive rezoning, Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC), improved public schools and public safety.
He proposed an aggressive school construction plan, as well as strategic preparation for Harford's growth needs, the statement continues, noting he bolstered public safety, working with the sheriff, Harford County's state's attorney and the Harford Volunteer Fire and EMS Association to increase tools and training to meet the county's growing demand for emergency services.
Craig also pursued progressive stewardship of Harford County's agricultural heritage, the statement adds.
Along with his government posts, Craig worked for 34 years in Harford County Public Schools, starting as a middle school history teacher and ascending to middle school assistant principal.
Craig served as chair of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council Board of Directors and was president of the Maryland Association of Counties. As mayor, Craig served as president of the Maryland Municipal League. He also has served on the boards of a number of philanthropic and charitable organizations.
Craig received a bachelor's degree in history from Towson State College in 1971 and a master's degree, also in history, from Morgan State University in 1983. He is a graduate of the Maryland Leadership Academy and the National Leadership Academy.
Craig married his high school sweetheart, Melinda, in 1971. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren. All live in Havre de Grace, where the Craigs live in a 175-year-old Greek revival home they restored 25 years ago.