O'Malley announces departure, replacement of Correctional Services Secretary

BALTIMORE - Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Gary Maynard  is leaving his post, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced in a release Tuesday evening.

Maynard  will serve as the senior vice president of the Criminal Justice Institute, a private, non-profit film that aids municipal criminal justice agencies nationally, the release continues.

"These past seven years have been the most challenging and rewarding of my entire career," Maynard said. "The dedication of the employees of this Department is remarkable. They have taught me so much, and as a team we have met many challenges. They have done the impossible and deserve great credit."

In the release, O'Malley goes on to tout Maynard's successes at length.

"Gary's tireless work over the last six years to make our correctional institutions safer and more secure has paved the way for stronger, safer communities across the State of Maryland,"  O'Malley in a statement. "From the closure of one of the most dangerous prisons in the country in just 12 days, to planting over a million trees to help with Bay restoration, Gary Maynard's resolute leadership and better choices have led to better results for Maryland families.

"We are extremely grateful for his faithful service to our state and look forward to working with Deputy Secretary Gregg Hershberger as he assumes his new post as Acting Secretary," O'Malley continued, naming Maynard's replacement.

Maynard  however was heavily scrutinized in recent months over the Baltimore City Detention Center scandal, which concluded with the arrest of  14 correctional officers involved with aiding members of the Black Guerilla Family.

Del. Michael Smigiel (R-Cecil County) went as far as to ask Maynard to step down in April after initial reports of the widespread criminal operation within the city prison's walls.

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