- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2012

Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley is stepping down from her post, state officials said Monday.

Ms. Swaim-Staley was appointed in 2009 by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and was the first woman to head the state’s Department of Transportation. Her resignation is effective July 1.

In a statement Monday, Mr. O’Malley praised her for leading the agency through construction of the Intercounty Connector and helping establish a public-private partnership at the Port of Baltimore.

The governor credited her for promoting diversity through several agency initiatives and improving reliability of the MARC commuter rail system.

Ms. Swaim-Staley spent 25 years working for the state, including stints as deputy transportation secretary from 1999 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009.

In recent months, she has advocated for revenue increases to fund transportation. Last year, she oversaw toll increases to help pay for upkeep, earning some criticism from state Republicans.

“I chose to make transportation the focus of my government service because I believe it is one of those key areas of government where you can make a positive impact on the lives of citizens across the state,” she said.

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