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Doyle leaves Port Administration following traffic incident

Former Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William P. Doyle. Photo: Maryland Port Administration.

This story was updated with additional detail at 2:30 p.m.

The head of the Maryland Port Administration has resigned abruptly following a traffic collision in which he is alleged to have left the scene in a state-owned Jeep. 

“While we cannot discuss details of personnel matters, I can confirm that Bill Doyle did submit his resignation on Friday,” said Richard Scher, a Maryland Port Administration spokesperson. “Deputy Executive Director Brian Miller is serving as interim acting executive director of the Maryland Port Administration.” 

Elena Russo, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Police, confirmed that Doyle was involved in a four-vehicle collision last week. 

Multiple attempts to reach Doyle were unsuccessful. 

Doyle’s resignation Friday came three days after he was cited for three traffic violations related to the June 13 collision in Baltimore. 

A review of online court records shows Doyle was driving a Jeep southbound on the Jones Falls Expressway near Guilford Avenue just before 8:30 a.m. 

“Investigators believe three vehicles were stopped in the travel portion of the road at the time of the crash,” said Russo. “For reasons unknown at this time, William Doyle, operating a state-issued 2017 white Jeep Cherokee, crashed into a Ford pickup which subsequently caused a chain reaction with the two other vehicles stopped in front of the Ford.” 

Russo said Doyle left the scene and later “called police and advised them of the incident. Maryland State Police contacted Doyle and met him at the scene of the crash where he was subsequently issued the citation.”  

It is not known if occupants of the other vehicles were injured. Russo said none were taken to the hospital immediately following the collision. 

Doyle received three citations including failure to remain at the scene of an collision involving an attended vehicle. He was also cited for tailgating and failure to control speed to avoid a collision. 

Doyle was appointed by then-Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in July 2020 to lead the port after the departure of James White. 

Prior to his appointment, Doyle was CEO and executive director of The Dredging Contractors of America for two years. 


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