Craig to Leave MDP Secretary Post, Will Head World War I Centennial Commission

David Craig, former Harford County Executive and MACo President (2010), will step down as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning to lead the World War I Centennial Commission.

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David Craig, Courtesy of Maryland Manual Online

According to The Baltimore Sun,

Craig, 67, a Havre de Grace resident who has headed the state department of planning since early 2015, will be succeeded in the cabinet level post by Wendi Peters, who currently serves as deputy secretary of the department.

“I would like to thank David for his service at the Department of Planning and wish him well in his new leadership role of this historic commission,” Hogan said in a statement. “Over the past 18 months, David has built a strong foundation for the department, and I am confident that Wendi will continue to effectively lead the department in her new position.”

Craig couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. In a statement released with the governor’s announcement, he said: “I was both honored and humbled to serve as the secretary of Planning. I look forward to continuing to serve the Hogan administration by helping the governor recognize Maryland’s significant role in World War I.”

According to the governor’s announcement, in his new role, Craig will be responsible for developing and executing plans for projects and activities recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War I. The World War I Commission, which was established on November 11, 2015 and consists of up to 11 members, will present an action plan to the governor by June 30, 2017.

The announcement notes that Craig has a background in education spanning more than 30 years, 15 of which was spent as a history teacher. “An avid historian and published author, Craig developed a love of World War I at an early age,” the announcement states.

“I was both honored and humbled to serve as the secretary of Planning,” said Secretary Craig. “I look forward to continuing to serve the Hogan administration by helping the governor recognize Maryland’s significant role in World War I.” In his position as planning secretary, Craig also headed the Maryland Historical Trust.

To read the full article, please visit The Baltimore Sun online.

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