HEALTH SECT’Y STEPS DOWN: Gov. Larry Hogan’s health secretary has left his job for what was described as “opportunities in the private sector,” the governor’s office announced Thursday. Erin Cox of the Sun writes that Van T. Mitchell, a former lobbyist and Democratic state delegate, had led the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since Hogan was inaugurated almost two years ago.
Hogan has named a new health secretary, replacing Van T. Mitchell with Dennis Schrader, who has served as appointments secretary for the past year, Ovetta Wiggins of the Post reports. Mitchell served as secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the past two years.
Douglass Mayer, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, said that while Mitchell’s departure was effective Thursday the secretary informed the governor of his intent earlier, reports Bryan Sears in the Daily Record.
CHANGES IN JUVIE SHACKLING: A legislative task force on Thursday recommended limiting the situations in which juveniles accused of crimes in Maryland can be bound in restraints, but it stopped short of proposing sweeping reforms that would drastically curtail the controversial practice, Erica Green reports for the Baltimore Sun.