New governors in Maryland and Pennsylvania have filled most of the top environmental posts in their states.
In Maryland, Republic Gov. Bob Ehrlich named dentist C. Ronald Franks as Secretary of Natural Resources. Franks, who owns a fly-fishing shop on the Eastern Shore, is a former Republican member of the General Assembly, where he served from 1991 to 1997.
Ehrlich also named Lewis Riley, an Eastern Shore chicken farmer, to head the state Department of Agriculture. Riley earlier held that position during parts of the administrations of both William Donald Schaefer and Parris Glendening.
In Pennsylvania, Rendell named Kathleen McGinty to head the state Department of Environmental Protection. She chaired the White House Council of Environmental Quality during much of the Clinton administration.
Before that, she was on the senate staff of Al Gore. She recently worked in Washington at Natsource L.L.C, a New York-based financial services firm specializing in environmental and energy transactions.
Michael DiBeradinis, a former Philadelphia recreation commissioner, was picked to head the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, which oversees state parks and Pennsylvania’s 2 million acres of state forests.
Columbia County dairy farmer Dennis Wolff, a member of the World Trade Organization’s Agricultural Technical Committee, will head the state Department of Agriculture.