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Peters departs State Highway Administration

ANNAPOLIS — Melinda B. Peters, the first woman to head the State Highway Administration, has resigned her post.

Peters, a long-time employee at the agency, was appointed administrator in November 2011 at the age of 38. She replaced Neil J. Pederson.

Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed the resignation and said Peters “resigned voluntarily.”

Deputy Administrator Doug Simmons will become the top official in the agency until a replacement for Peters in named. Simmons will retain his current title and position rather than become the acting administrator, according to Erin Henson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Prior to her promotion, Peters was project manager on the $2.6 billion Intercounty Connector project.

Peters is the second senior official to leave an agency within the Maryland Department of Transportation in the last week.

Robert Smith, the chief executive officer of the Maryland Transit Authority, left his position on April 17.