General Services head named

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed R. Stevens Cassard Jr. as secretary of the state Department of General Services yesterday, replacing Boyd K. Rutherford, who was named to a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cassard, 48, had most recently been deputy secretary.

Also yesterday, Ehrlich named B. Diane Wilson deputy secretary, filling Cassard's previous position. Wilson had been assistant secretary for facilities operations and maintenance, and previously had been a facilities manager with the University of Maryland Medical System.

The Department of General Services has 668 staff and contract employees, and manages 6.3 million square feet of state-owned real estate and 4.6 million square feet of leased space while supporting state and local government agencies in design, construction, facilities operation and other services.

Cassard must be confirmed by the state Senate during the 2007 General Assembly session.

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