Virginia Gov. Mark Warner recently chose Joseph Maroon, director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Virginia Office, to serve as head of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Maroon, who had been in charge of the group’s Virginia office for 161/2 years, will head an agency that has about 400 employees and an annual budget of about $50 million.

The department oversees Virginia’s state parks and natural areas and leads state efforts to control runoff from farmland and development.

The Foundation named Roy Hoagland, the group’s senior attorney in Virginia, to replace Maroon.