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Senior Hogan adviser to leave administration

Steve Crim, the director of public affairs for Gov. Larry Hogan, is planning to leave the position he has held since January 2015 to run a nonprofit organization that will be associated with the governor.

“I am grateful to Steve for his hard work and dedication to our administration,” said Hogan in a statement. “It is in large part due to his vision and commitment that we have the opportunity to change Maryland for the better. I wish him the best of luck and look forward to working with him again in the future.”

Crim joined Hogan’s team in 2011 and helped found Change Maryland, a group that leveraged social media and essentially became a four-year campaign that resulted in Hogan’s 2014 victory. He then served as campaign manager for Hogan after the then-Republican candidate officially filed to run and absorbed the Change Maryland organization into his campaign.

A spokesman for the governor said Crim is expected to leave his position on May 27 “to pursue other professional opportunities.”

A source familiar with the departure said Crim is expected to take the lead on a Hogan-related nonprofit organization. The details of that organization were not available.

Crim was not immediately available for comment.