Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Friday named a former senator and the current head of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention as his new deputy chief of staff, advising him on issues including education and public safety.
Christopher B. Shank’s portfolio will also include juvenile services, human resources and the governor’s coordinating offices, which include the crime prevention office.
“Chris has used his wealth of experience in government and public safety to successfully lead one of our administration’s most important coordinating offices and I have every confidence he will continue to use that experience to excel in his new role as a deputy chief of staff,” Hogan said in a statement.
Shank served in the General Assembly for 16 years, the last four as a senator representing Washington County.
Most recently, he served as the chairman of the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, a panel that recently submitted recommendations to reduce the state’s prison population by focusing more heavily on treatments in the community.
In his new role, Shank will continue to manage the council’s criminal justice reform efforts.
Shank replaces Amanda O’Malley, who the statement said is “departing to pursue other professional opportunities.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Shank would advise the governor on public safety. His portfolio will be broader than that, and the story has been corrected.