Appoints Horacio Tablada as secretary of the Maryland Department of Environment
Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Horace Tablada as Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
Tablada is currently Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Environment. He has more than three decades of experience as an environmental leader in Maryland, with accomplishments that include environmental oversight of the redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point Steel Mill site and the state’s highly successful program to reduce blood lead poisoning in children. He succeeds Secretary Ben Grumbleswho was named executive director of the States Environmental Council.
“Horacio Tablada has dedicated his career to serving the public and protecting the environment and public health,” Governor Hogan said. “He will lead MDE’s ongoing work to protect and restore the environment, including the Chesapeake Bay, boost jobs and our economy through the safe redevelopment of brownfields, and help the state achieve its climate goals. through partnerships.
A native of Nicaragua, Assistant Secretary Tablada has held managerial and technical positions in the state’s environmental regulatory programs since 1985. Prior to being named Assistant Secretary in 2015, he served as Director of the Administration Department of environmental land management for over a decade, overseeing brownfield redevelopment of former industrial sites, waste recycling and diversion, solid waste and hazardous waste management, fuel facilities, mining and prevention of lead paint poisoning.
“I want to thank Governor Hogan for his confidence and for his appointment as Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment,” Assistant Secretary Tablada said. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Maryland and continuing to advance the science-based policies that have resulted in cleaner air, a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, sustainable and restored properties, and the protection of our children from lead poisoning.”
Governor Hogan also appointed Suzanne Dorsey as Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Environment. She is currently the agency’s deputy secretary.
Suzanne Dorsey has served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Environment since February 2019, working with the agency’s Water and Science Administration on Chesapeake Bay restoration and issues that require interagency collaboration on greenhouse gas reduction, climate resilience, environmental justice, public health, and government transparency. She was previously executive director of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology at the University of Maryland.
“I want to thank Governor Hogan for this appointment,” Assistant Secretary Dorsey said. “I look forward to working closely with the dedicated officials of our ministry to advance progress on the environmental issues of our time, including the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and climate change.”
Secretary Grumbles has led the Maryland Department of the Environment since Governor Hogan took office in 2015 and is the longest-serving environment secretary in state history.
“I want to thank Ben for his outstanding service to the state and the region,” Governor Hogan said. “Under his leadership, we have made great strides toward our Chesapeake Bay restoration goals, continued to reduce lead poisoning among children in our state, and implemented one of the most aggressive climate programs and the most balanced in the country.”
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve in the Hogan administration, to work for bold, bipartisan environmental solutions,” Secretary Grumbles said. “Maryland is a national leader in climate action and environmental protection thanks to the leadership of Governor Hogan and the tireless efforts of our department’s employees, and our many public and private sector partners across state, region and country.
Tablada’s appointment takes effect June 1.