O'Malley's first cabinet departure: Edgerley at DBED
Gov. Martin O'Malley's office announced last night the first departure of a cabinet secretary: David Edgerley is leaving the Department of Business and Economic Development.
Traditionally, DBED has been one of the most coveted -- and challenging -- administration jobs. Coveted because it allows officials to travel the state, hob-nob with business leaders, take the occassional foreign trip and build connections that can lead to private employment down the road. Challenging, because a main role is convincing business leaders that Maryland's reputation as a high-tax, business-unfriendly state is unfounded.
Usually, there's a lot of jockeying for the spot. Edgerley's predecessor, the high-energy Aris Melissaratos, liked the job given to him by Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. so much that he lobbied hard to stay under O'Malley.
The job also can have a political tinge. Former Secretary James T. Brady resigned from the Glendening administration in protest over policy decisions, and then toyed with the idea of challenging Glendening for governor.
Edgerely came from a government background, overseeing economic development first in Allegany County, and then in Montgomery. He knows the ins and outs of public service. His resignation announcement, posted below the jump, makes a reference to his wanting to pursue a career in the private sector or education.
Usually, there's a bit more to the story. If you have any insights, we'd love to hear them.
From: David Edgerley
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:01 PM
To: *DBED (ALL)
I want to let you know that, after very careful consideration, I have decided to resign my position as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. After serving as a member of the Cabinet for two years, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities in my life. I have been honored to be associated with the DBED team and know that, with your continued good work, the State of Maryland will continue to earn its place on the world map as the preeminent Center of Education, Research and Technology. After all, Maryland is the best place to live, work and raise a family.
I have always harbored an interest to eventually pursue a career in the private/education sectors. I have decided that now is the right time to begin that new chapter. The rigors of being DBED Secretary, (not to mention the long commute!), have prepared me for this new endeavor and while I know I will miss this job, I also know this is the right decision for me and my family.
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the State of Maryland in a way that few people ever have. I have given the Governor my full support to ensure that the transition to new leadership at DBED is done as smoothly and efficiently as possible. I am so proud of DBED's record of accomplishment: the Maryland Biotechnology Center, new International Division, an aggressive Tourism program, extraordinary Arts programs, BIO 2020 and the location of new businesses all around the State. This is a long and continuing legacy we can all be proud of.
I would be remiss if didn't also mention my personal thanks to each of you. You have all been a pleasure to work with! And, of course, we couldn't have been successful without the continued support of the Maryland business community and our regional and local partners. Most importantly, your work to provide quality growth is fundamental to the future of our State, our Communities and our Citizens. While my last day will be Jan. 30, 2009, please know that I will always champion the Governor's vision, and mine, of "ONE MARYLAND."
David W. Edgerley