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Leonard Howie named new DLLR secretary

Leonard J. Howie III, an experienced manager who has worked in high administrative capacities at several Maryland executive-branch agencies, has been appointed secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation by Gov. Martin O’Malley. He will take over the post on Oct. 8.

Howie is a former DLLR deputy secretary under former Secretaries Tom Perez and Alexander Sanchez, as well as a former deputy secretary for operations at the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

While at DLLR, Howie worked on every facet of the agency’s core programs, especially those related to workforce development and adult education.

Noting Howie’s roles in advancing those programs, O’Malley said, “We are confident in Leonard’s ability to connect Marylanders with the jobs and skills they need to compete.

“Under his leadership, Maryland will continue to grow and expand our highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce so our state can compete and win in the New Economy,” O’Malley said in a prepared statement.

Howie said his prior experience at the Department of Human Resources also will serve him well in his new post as DLLR secretary.

“Working with the state’s safety net programs during my tenure at DHR has provided unique and important insight into what can happen when there aren’t enough jobs or when people do not have the skill sets that match the jobs that are available,” Howie said in a prepared statement.

“I look forward to continue working in this administration and giving Marylanders the skills they need to compete during our economic recovery,” he said.

Howie succeeds Sanchez as secretary of DLLR. Sanchez left the agency in May to become Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s chief of staff.

O’Malley thanked Deputy Secretary Scott R. Jensen for running the agency as interim secretary until a new secretary was named.

Jensen’s “insight into our knowledge-based economy has been a tremendous asset to our administration,” O’Malley said.

Howie also has worked as an attorney with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Other jobs have been as the program evaluations director at the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, and as a senior consultant with the Ethics Resource Center Inc., a Washington-based provider of business ethics training and consulting for Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies.

He also has held positions as an adjunct faculty member and program advisor at the University of the District of Columbia.

A resident of College Park, Howie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He completed both his Master of Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University. He served in the military as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.