Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Monday announced that he has nominated Robert L. Green to be the next secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Green currently serves as the director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.
“Rob Green is a nationally recognized and respected leader with more than 34 years in public safety and corrections,” Hogan said in a statement. “He brings a tremendous wealth of experience to the department, and Marylanders can trust he will prioritize the safety of all who come into contact with our corrections system – both for our inmate population and our correctional officers.”
In his current role, Green is responsible for a budget of more than $67 million and a criminal justice involved population of more than 2,000 under Pretrial Supervision, Community Corrections, and Detention Services. From 2000-2014, Green served as the division chief in Montgomery County prior to being appointed as director. Green also served as the Director of Corrections and Corrections Bureau Chief for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, where he served under three sheriffs.
“I take great pride having begun my career as a correctional officer in our state in 1985,” Green said. “I am committed to building upon Governor Hogan’s record of rooting out corruption in our state’s prison system. It is an honor to be appointed by the governor to this position and continue to proudly serve my state and my profession.”
Green will replace J. Michael Zeigler, an agency veteran who has been serving as acting secretary since March. Zeigler took over for Stephen T. Moyer, who left to take a job as public safety director for the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Florida.
While Green will assume control over the agency soon, he’ll have to be confirmed by the state Senate.