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Ehrlich nominates Hoskins, Roesser as department chiefs


Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has chosen a real estate executive and former Baltimore housing administrator to be his new secretary of housing and community development.

Ehrlich nominated Victor L. Hoskins, 45, to run the agency, which provides affordable housing to low-income people.

Ehrlich also announced the nominations yesterday of former state Sen. Jean W. Roesser, 72, to be secretary of the Department of Aging, and Jacqueline L. Phillips, 67, as deputy secretary.

Hoskins is a senior vice president of UrbanAmerica, a $400 million Wall Street-based real estate investment company that buys and develops commercial buildings in inner cities.

Before that, he was deputy commissioner of Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development. A Democrat, Hoskins also worked under Gov. Parris N. Glendening as assistant secretary of marketing for the Department of Business and Economic Development.

"Economic empowerment and affordable housing will be centerpieces of the Ehrlich-Steele administration," Ehrlich said in a statement. "Victor Hoskins possesses the experience, the drive and the compassion for Maryland to get the job done."

Hoskins would replace Raymond A. Skinner.

Roesser would replace Sue Fryer Ward in the top post at the Department of Aging, which is designed to help give senior citizens access to housing, affordable health care and employment, among other services.

Roesser comes to the Ehrlich administration after losing her re-election bid in November. She had represented Potomac and Upper Montgomery County in the Senate since 1995, and was a state delegate for two terms.

Phillips, a presidential appointee as chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission from 1989 to 1995, is also a political and media consultant for GOP candidates. She is a founding member of the National Republican Women's Political Action Committee.

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