ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Maryland transportation secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley is resigning after 25 years of service to the state.
State officials announced Monday that Swaim-Staley, the first woman to head the state's transportation department, will leave her post effective July 1. An replacement was not immediately named.
Swaim-Staley was appointed transportation secretary by Gov. Martin O'Malley in September 2009. Prior to taking the position she had served as deputy transportation secretary from 2007-2009. She had previously served as deputy secretary from 1999 through 2003 during which time she also directed all operations at BWI Marshall Airport following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent revolution in airport security.
"I chose to make transportation the focus of my government service because I believe it is one of those key areas of government where you can make a positive impact on the lives of citizens across the state," Swaim-Staley said in a statement.
In a statement, O'Malley gave Swaim-Staley credit for spearheading such projects as a public-private partnership at the Port of Baltimore and the opening of the Intercounty Connector, a highway connecting interstates in the Washington suburbs.
"When Beverley joined our team over five years ago, she was widely recognized for her seasoned leadership," O'Malley said in a statement. "Throughout her tenure, she has solidified her reputation as a skilled and forward thinking executive. With her strong background in both finance and transportation, Beverley guided our transportation efforts during the most difficult economic downturn this country has faced in generations."