Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced that following a nationwide search, he has appointed Robert L. Green as the next secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, one of the largest departments in Maryland with nearly 12,000 employees and a budget of more than $1 billion. Green currently serves as the director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.
He replaces Acting Secretary Mike Zeigler, who has served in the position since March.
“Rob Green is a nationally recognized and respected leader with more than 34 years in public safety and corrections,” said Governor Hogan. “He brings a tremendous wealth of experience to the department, and Marylanders can trust he will prioritize the safety of all who come into contact with our corrections system – both for our inmate population and our correctional officers. I would also like to thank Mike Zeigler for his steady leadership of the department during this transition.”
According to a press release:
“Rob Green’s leadership and influence extend beyond the walls of our correctional facilities,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “His work to improve the quality of life, education, care, and security of the inmate population of the County’s Correctional system, and the staff that manage it, has set a nationally recognized standard in the effort to reduce recidivism. When men and women return to society better prepared for meaningful employment, the benefits extend beyond their own lives. They have the potential to rejoin society as positive, engaged, contributing members of their communities and workplaces. Rob will be a huge contribution to the State. He has one of the best minds on prison reform; and the work that’s been done in Montgomery County is critical to the rest of the State. Montgomery County owes Rob a debt of gratitude; and I’m glad the rest of the State will realize that benefit as well.”
Green has been with DOCR since 2000. He previously served as the department’s warden until 2014, when he was nominated as director by former Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and unanimously confirmed by the County Council in June 2015. Green has a distinguished 34-year career in the field of Correction and Rehabilitation.
“The staff at the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation are some of the best in the business,” said Green. “Their daily work allows the department to be innovative and safe. It has been an honor to work with them. Montgomery County is an incredibly supportive government and community. I will miss them greatly.”
Chief Angela Talley will be the acting director while the County Executive searches for a new director.
Read the full press release for more information.