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Hogan, O'Malley staff to meet, begin transition process

Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief of staff is scheduled this afternoon to hold the first meeting with a representative for Gov.-elect Larry Hogan to begin the transition process following the Republican's upset victory on Tuesday.

The newly-elected Hogan and his team has less than three months before the Jan. 21 inauguration to identify and appoint top cabinet officials, analyze the state's bureaucracy and devise a budget that must be submitted two days after he is sworn into office.

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O'Malley chief of staff John Griffin, who is managing the transition process for the outgoing administration, said he is scheduled to meet with Hogan's campaign manager, Steve Crim, in the early afternoon today for an initial meeting. Hogan has appointed Lt. Gov.-elect Boyd Rutherford and business leader James T. Brady as co-chairs to his transition team.

Griffin said Crim is their liaison to the O'Malley administration. Crim could not be reached for comment.

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"I'm going to give him a tour of the second floor of the State House" and an overview of state offices, Griffin said.

The O'Malley administration, whose general services department budgets $50,000 for transition expenses, has already set up offices for Hogan's team in conference rooms at the Department of Natural Resources building in Annapolis.

Griffin also said that Maryland National Guard officials have had initial discussions with Hogan representatives to begin planning the inauguration.

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