ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley is swearing in a new head of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Joseph Gill will be formally sworn in on Tuesday in Annapolis. Gill replaces John Griffin, who will be working as O’Malley’s chief of staff.

Gill has been serving as deputy secretary at the agency.

Before that, he was DNR’s assistant attorney general for 14 years. In that capacity, he managed a team of nine lawyers who represent the department and its employees on all legal issues.

Gill worked on developing the Rural Legacy Program, which provides money to protect large tracts of land from development, among other things. He also recently led the development of a more aggressive penalty system for natural resources violators.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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