Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced some key personnel moves Thursday, including a new secretary of human resources and a new communications director.

Ted Dallas, a deputy chief of staff to the governor, had been serving as interim secretary at the Department of Human Resources. On Thursday, O’Malley gave him the post permanently.

The department administers a wide range of social services, including several benefit programs, child support enforcement and child protective services.

O’Malley also named Raquel Guillory as his new communications director. Guillory previously served as O’Malley’s press secretary when he was mayor of Baltimore. Since 2007, she has been communications director for Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D).

Guillory’s hire follows news that O’Malley’s press secretary, Shaun Adamec, is leaving.

O’Malley also formally announced the appointment of Catherine Motz as a deputy chief of staff, news he previously shared at a recent Cabinet meeting.