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Transportation head Swaim-Staley to resign

Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley said Monday she is stepping down effective July 1 after a 25-year career in state government.

Swaim-Staley was appointed in September 2009 by Gov. Martin O’Malley to oversee the department’s $3.8 billion annual budget and 9,000 employees. She was the first woman to serve in that post.

“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.

Before she became secretary, Swaim-Staley served for two years as deputy transportation secretary beginning in 2007. She also served as deputy secretary from 1999 to 2003, during which time she directed all operations at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

She has also served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

“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. “

O’Malley cited Swaim-Staley’s contribution toward forming a public-private partnership at the Port of Baltimore and the opening of the Inter-County Connector.