Keiffer Mitchell Appointed as Governor’s Acting Chief of Staff

Today, Governor Larry Hogan named chief legislative officer and longtime aide Keiffer Mitchell as acting chief of staff. Former chief of staff Roy McGrath resigned today after roughly three months in the position. Mitchell will lead the search for a permanent replacement.

Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr.

“It is with regret that I have accepted Roy McGrath’s resignation as chief of staff. Roy has been a deeply valued member of our administration, and our state is better for his dedicated service. I recognize that this was a difficult decision for Roy, but I understand and respect his reasons for making this decision. I have always known Roy to be someone of the highest character, and I wish him well in his future endeavors” said Governor Hogan.

“Effective immediately, I am naming chief legislative officer Keiffer Mitchell to serve as acting chief of staff. Keiffer is a widely respected leader who has served our administration with distinction since day one. He has a proven track record for bringing people together and working across the aisle, and I thank him for stepping up to serve at this important time.”

Mitchell, who was appointed as the administration’s chief legislative officer in November will now take the reigns as the search for a new chief of staff begins. “I am humbled that Governor Hogan has put his trust in me. We have a first-rate team that is working around the clock at such a critical moment in our history. Together, we will continue to change Maryland for the better” said Mitchell.

Roy McGrath issued the following statement:

“​There is no higher calling than public service. My experience began at age 18, and I have always approached it not as a matter of party loyalty, but as a Marylander first. In May, I was humbled to have been asked to serve as chief of staff for the administration. Having been in a similar role before, I recognized I would be taking on a big job at one of the most difficult times in our history. We have had months of grueling, but successful, efforts managing the coronavirus pandemic.

“For me, this entire topic is simply the sad politics of personal destruction, and right now, we cannot afford unnecessary distractions from the critical work the governor and his team are doing. For this reason, I have advised the governor that I am exiting state service. Most of my career was spent in the private sector, and that’s where I will return. I want to thank Governor Hogan for his enthusiastic confidence in me and for this incredible opportunity to have served the people of Maryland. I look forward to helping Keiffer during this transition.”

For more information view the press release.