Annapolis, MD – Governor-elect Larry Hogan (pictured) announced more senior administration appointments Tuesday, Dec. 30 at a press conference. The appointments include Calvert County resident George W. Owings III as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Owings is former majority whip of the Maryland House of Delegates. The Dunkirk resident served as a delegate for nearly two decades, representing Calvert County. Owings is a Vietnam veteran and served as Veterans Affairs secretary from 2004 to 2007. He was appointed by then-Governor Robert Ehrlich.
Earlier this year Owings, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for an at-large seat on the Calvert Board of County Commissioners.
There were three other appointments announced Dec. 30 by Hogan.
Al Redmer, Jr. was named as Maryland Insurance commissioner. Redmer is managing member of Redmer Insurance Group and owner of Redmer Financial Group. A 13-year member of the Maryland General Assembly, Redmer is the former House minority whip. He served as Maryland Insurance Commissioner from 2003 to 2005.
Stephen Moyer was tapped as secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Moyer retired from Maryland State Police after a distinguished 24-year career as a lieutenant colonel and deputy secretary. Moyer also served as deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and as security director for the University of Maryland Medical Center.
John C Wobensmith was appointed secretary of State. Wobensmith worked for five U.S. presidents and served as the senior Defense Department representative in Turkey. He has over four decades of experience in the national security field and was vice president for International Marketing for Sensys Technologies in London. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in the state, including the Anne Arundel County School Board.
“All four individuals bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles,” said Governor-elect Hogan. “I am pleased to have them as a part of the team.”
Governor-elect Hogan also took the opportunity to wish the media a happy New Year. “The year 2014 turned out to be a pretty good year for us, and we are looking forward to 2015 and getting to work on behalf of the citizens of Maryland,” he added.