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Gov. Larry Hogan has named the No. 2 official in the Department of Housing and Community Development to head the agency that operates state buildings and handles most of its real estate transactions.

Ellington Churchill Jr., 46, will succeed C. Gail Bassette as secretary of General Services, a job that pays $146,743 a year. Bassette resigned early this month after only 18 months on the job.

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Before joining the Hogan administration, Churchill was a project manager for Lewis Contractors, a regional construction management company. The Anne Arundel County resident previously served as senior project manager for Liberty Property Trust, a developer of industrial and commercial office space.

In a statement released Tuesday, Hogan hailed Churchill as a "valued member of our administration."

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"His extensive professional background, including positions involving large-scale business development, property management, and contract negotiation, make him incredibly well-positioned to lead the Department of General Services," Hogan said.

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