Joseph Gill, New DNR Secretary

As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Gov. Martin O’Malley swore in Joseph P. Gill as Secretary of Natural Resources Tuesday, replacing John R. Griffin at the top of the 1,200-employee agency.

Gill, 55, who had been deputy secretary, inherits the agency with just over 18 months left to go in O’Malley’s term in office.

Gill served as Principal Counsel to the Department of Natural Resources from 1996-2010.  As reported in the Washington Post, 

. . .he was DNR’s assistant attorney general for 14 years. In that capacity, he managed a team of nine lawyers who represent the department and its employees on all legal issues.Gill worked on developing the Rural Legacy Program, which provides money to protect large tracts of land from development, among other things. He also recently led the development of a more aggressive penalty system for natural resources violators.

For more information, see the full story from the Sun and the coverage from the Post.