Secretary James Fielder Talks Appointments

James A. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D., Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor, spoke to the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) on Monday, January 26, giving Chamber executives a better understanding of the Appointment process and the enormity of the task. In his new, cabinet level state position, Secretary Fielder will review, on Governor Hogan’s behalf, appointments to state boards, commissions and other patronage positions that are under the Governor’s control. With appointments required for 580 boards and/or commissions, Sec. Fielder is looking for help reaching out to qualified applicants.
 
What qualifies an applicant for a board or commission appointment? The new administration answers this in the broadest sense. Those who are interested, committed and have a passion for public service, were characteristics mentioned by Sec. Fielder along with, bi-partisanship and a desire to lean toward the middle. When asked what a typical commitment to serve might look like, Secretary Fielder told the group that few appointments are paid, they range in length but are generally 3 years (some are 4 or 5 years and judicial appointment can be 10 years) and the time commitment is usually about one day a month.
 
For those interested in learning more please visit: www.hogantransition.com, email: james.fielder@maryland.gov or phone: 410-974-2600. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is ready to assist members who are interested in learning more about the process and/or would like a recommendation and/or letter of support. For additional information please contact Jessica Palmeri at jplameri@mdchamber.org.

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