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Baker names two for top human services posts

Betty Hager Francis has been named Prince George’s deputy chief administrative officer for health, human services and education. Francis formerly served as interim chief of the county’s housing department.

County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has also tapped Pamela Brown Creekmur to run the county’s health agency, while he continues to search for a permanent health chief.

Francis, an attorney who has worked in government in Massachusetts and in Prince George’s, as well as in the private sector, will oversee the county’s health department, family services department and social services department. She also will serve as Baker’s liaison to the school board, community college, library system and hospital authority. Bradford Seamon, who previously served in this position, will now serve as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Budget, Finance and Administration. Her appointment is not subject to confirmation by the County Council. She will be paid $180,000 a year.

Creekmur, a nurse, formerly was Kaiser Permanente’s director of surgical services. She replaces acting director Elana Belon-Butler, who will return to her post as deputy director. Belon-Butler was named in July to replace Donald Shell, who had served as County Executive Jack B. Johnson’s health chief. Baker decided not to reappoint him. Shell recently was named interim chief of Maryland’s Center for Health Promotion, Education, Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation. Creekmur will be paid $155,000 a year.

Whomever Baker nominates to be the county’s permanent health chief would be subject to approval by the County Council.

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