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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF MARYLAND’S HOUSING SECRETARY
Deputy Secretary Clarence Snuggs Appointed Acting Secretary of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 22, 2014) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that Raymond A. Skinner, who has served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development since 2007, is retiring at the end of the month and that he will appoint Clarence J. Snuggs as acting secretary effective Sept. 1.
Secretary Skinner skillfully guided the agency to record achievements during one of the deepest economic downturns in the nation’s history and helped shape Maryland’s successful people-oriented response to the housing crisis.
“Ray’s experience, vision and genuine concern for working families made him an invaluable asset in establishing one of the most comprehensive, effective and far reaching responses to the foreclosure crisis in the country,” Governor O’Malley said. “He fought for every home as if it was his own — our State is tremendously grateful for his efforts.”
As secretary, Skinner managed the state’s housing finance, asset management, community development, and building code programs. He previously served as DHCD secretary from 1999 to 2003, during the administration of Governor Parris Glendening. He has devoted his career to public service and is a well-respected leader in the housing and community development field, serving as a trustee of the National Housing Conference and on the board of the National Council of State Housing Agencies. He previously served as president of the Council of State Community Development Agencies.
Under Secretary Skinner’s leadership, the O’Malley-Brown administration launched key initiatives such as Rental Housing Works that greatly expanded the state’s stock of affordable rental housing even as the collapse of the national financial markets brought commercial lending to a virtual standstill. Projects launched through neighborhood revitalization initiatives such as Community Legacy and Sustainable Communities were recognized repeatedly for innovation by organizations such as the National Council of State Housing Agencies, the Council of State Community Development Agencies and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
“Over the course of a long and successful career, Secretary Skinner dedicated his time, energy, efforts, and considerable skill to ensuring that each and every Marylander, in communities throughout our state, had a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “As we look to the future, we will continue to build on his legacy of housing advocacy and work together to build stronger communities throughout our state.”
“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to work with the O’Malley-Brown administration to expand housing opportunities for the hardworking families of our state and to ensure that all citizens live in safe, opportunity-rich communities,” Secretary Skinner said.
Snuggs, who will serve as acting secretary, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winston-Salem State University and a MBA degree from Howard University. He was appointed deputy secretary of DHCD in 2007 after a distinguished career in affordable housing and community banking. He was director of Enterprise Community Partners’ Baltimore office; deputy executive director of NeighborWorks America; vice president for community lending for Maryland National Bank and Signet banks and deputy executive director and corporate treasurer for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. in Washington, D.C.
In June 2009, Deputy Secretary Snuggs was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
He lives in Montgomery County with his wife and son.