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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan names new deputy chief of staff

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has a new deputy chief of staff.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he is giving his top adviser on criminal justice an influential position in his State House office.

Christopher B, Shank, who heads the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will become deputy chief of staff. Shank joined the Hogan administration a year ago after serving 16 years in the General Assembly representing Washington County — 12 in the House of Delegates and four in the Senate.

He is replacing Amanda O'Malley, whom the Governor's Office said was "departing to pursue other professional opportunities."

For much of the past year, Shank has held a highly visible role as chairman of the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, where he helped forge a bipartisan consensus on a strategy to reduce the state's prison population while improving public safety.

Hogan said Shank, 43, would continue in that role as deputy chief of staff and advise the governor on criminal justice.

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