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Hogan appoints four more Cabinet members

Erin Cox
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan added to his growing Cabinet Tuesday, nominating four men to posts in his new administration.

Hogan picked two former Ehrlich advisers, his campaign treasurer and a career police officer to lead departments in his Republican government, which takes over on Jan. 21.

Alfred W. Redmer, Jr. and George W. Owings III were picked to reprise their roles from the Ehrlich administration by serving as insurance commissioner and secretary of veterans affairs, respectively.

Redmer, a Republican,  is a former House minority leader who served a decade in the General Assembly when former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich asked him to join his cabinet in 2003. Hogan called Redmer a long-time friend.

Owings, a Democrat, was a House majority whip and 16-year veteran of the House of Delegates when he joined Ehrlich's cabinet in 2004.

Retired Maryland State Police lieutenant colonel Stephen Moyer was nominated to lead the state's Department of Public Safety, which has been beset by scandal and corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center. Hogan called Moyer, who spent 24 years in the state police and was a deputy secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services, "a perfect fit" for the public safety job.

Moyer will leave behind a deputy chief job in Sarasota, Fla. to return to Maryland, according to Florida news reports.

John. C. Wobensmith, Hogan's campaign treasurer who also worked for the American Foreign Policy Council, was named as the next secretary of state. Hogan said Wobensmith also worked for five presidents and spent 40 years in the national security field. Hogan called Wobensmith "a diplomat and a gentleman."

Hogan has slowly rolled out cabinet appointments over the past month, naming a total of 10 people to cabinet posts. All appointments must be confirmed by the Maryland Senate.  

Several key positions -- transportation and budget secretary, among them -- have not yet been announced.


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