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ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two communications professionals, Stephen Schatz and Allison Mayer, to the state government as deputy chiefs of staff, according to a statement released by the governor’s office on Feb. 1.
They will replace former Deputy Chief of Staff Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, who was recently appointed as secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, and Deputy Chief of Staff Sean Powell, who will assume a senior management position with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).
“I am incredibly excited to have two highly qualified members of our administration join our team here in the Governor’s Office,” Hogan said in a release.
“I know Stephen and Allison will work diligently to serve the people of Maryland.”
Powell has an extensive background in state and local agencies, serving in leadership positions with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation and the St. Mary’s County Assessment Office before joining the MDOT.
“I also know that Sean’s expertise and work ethic will be invaluable at our Department of Transportation, and we wish him the best in this important new endeavor at one of our largest state agencies,” Hogan said.
In July 2015, Mayer joined the Hogan Administration as the managing director of marketing and communications at the Maryland Department of Commerce. Before relocating to Maryland, she served as the director of marketing and communications for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where she also managed Palmetto Partners, the state’s public and private partnership for economic development.
“It’s an absolute honor to be joining the governor’s core team in this new role, and to have the opportunity to support Governor Hogan’s vision of prosperity for the state,” Mayer said. “I look forward to continue working with such dedicated and talented colleagues in changing Maryland for the better.”
The University of South Carolina graduate was also the public relations manager for the South Carolina Ports Authority and Port of Charleston from January 2012 to September 2013.
“Super proud of @allisonsmayer – new Deputy CoS for @GovLarryHogan – never been happier to be old news,” said Douglass Mayer in a Feb. 1 tweet, congratulating his wife. Douglass Mayer previously served under Hogan as the director of the communications for the Office of the Governor.
Schatz has served under the Hogan administration since July 2015 as the director of communications for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Before joining the administration, he served at the White House and on Capitol Hill, and worked at several national trade associations, said a release.
“I am honored to continue my service to the citizens and communities of Maryland and to Governor Hogan as deputy chief of staff,” Schatz said.
“I look forward to learning from and listening to our state agencies and departments so we can continue our work to make Maryland a better place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”
Schatz’s appointment was effective Feb. 4, and Mayer’s appointment will be effective Feb.13, according to the governor’s office.