DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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[photo, Mark J. Belton, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources] MARK J. BELTON
Secretary of Natural Resources, 2015-19

Secretary of Natural Resources, March 27, 2015 to February 1, 2019. Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, February 13 to March 27, 2015. Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources, 2003-05.


Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2015-19; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2015-19; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2015-19. Chair, Task Force to Study Enhancing Boating and the Boating Industry in Maryland, 2015-16; Cliff Erosion Steering Committee, 2015-19; Coast Smart Council, 2015-19; Rural Legacy Board, 2015-19; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2015-19. Co-Chair, Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2015-19; Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, 2015-17. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2015-19. Member, Task Force to Study the Impact of Ocean Acidification on State Waters, 2015; Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group, 2015; Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, 2015; Climate Change Commission, 2015-16; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2015-17; Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2015-19; Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2015-19; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-19; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-19; Blue Crab Task Force, 2015-19; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2015-19; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2015-19; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2015-19; Maryland Green Building Council, 2015-19; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2015-19; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2015-19; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2015-19; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2015-19; Council on Open Data, 2015-19; Patuxent River Commission, 2015-19; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2015-19; Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 2015-19; Rural Maryland Council, 2015-19; Seafood Marketing Advisory Committee, 2015-19; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2015-19; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2015-19; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 2015-19; Commission on Climate Change, 2016-19; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2017-19. Co-Chair, Project Green Classrooms Initiative, 2017-19; Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission, 2017-19. Member, Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, 2018-19.

Member, Board of County Commissioners, Queen Anne's County, 1994-96.

County Administrator, Queen Anne's County, 1999-2002.

County Administrator, Page County, Virginia, 2005-12.

County Administrator, Charles County, 2012-14, 2019-.

Born in Flemington, New Jersey. U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. (political science), 1983; Regis University, M.B.A.; College of Distance Education, U.S. Naval War College. Served in U.S. Navy, 1983-90; U.S. Naval Reserve, 1990-2014 (kosovo, 2001; baghdad, 2009-10; commander, navy expeditionary logistics support group; deputy commander, naval supply systems command; rear admiral). Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore, Inc., 1996-99. Married; six children.

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