Charlie Evans, Gov. Larry Hogan’s pick to head the Department of Natural Resources, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position, citing unspecified health concerns.
Evans’ name did not appear on a list of 17 Cabinet appointments submitted Friday to the Senate for Confirmation.
A spokeswoman for Hogan confirmed that Evans had voluntarily withdrawn his name.
“Due to health considerations and the demands of a full-time schedule, Mr. Charlie Evans has not been put forward as the Governor’s appointee to lead Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources,” Shareese Churchill, a Hogan spokeswoman, wrote in an email response to questions about the appointment.”The Governor looks forward to working with Mr. Evans to take advantage of his significant expertise to achieve his administration’s goals.”
Evans was named secretary designee of the Department of Natural Resources just before Christmas. Evans, known as the “grandfather of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund,” previously served as assistant secretary of the same department and has a background in development and as a fiction writer whose work includes the novel “Terror on the Bay.”
Hogan has not announced a replacement for Evans.