FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2013

CONTACT:    Cheryl Sparks

                        410-537-1017

                       

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Martin OMalley has appointed William K. "Bill" Hellmann of Severna Park to serve as the newest Board Member of the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA).

A 47-year veteran of the transportation industry, Mr. Hellmann is a former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (April 1984 April 1987) and Partner Emeritus of RK&K, LLP, a Baltimore-based engineering firm.  Previously, Mr. Hellmann also served as Chief of the Interstate Division for Baltimore City. 

"The MDTA is responsible for some of the State's most vital transportation projects, including the extensive work to preserve our tunnels, bridges and highways," said Governor OMalley. "Mr. Hellmann's significant expertise and transportation knowledge will contribute greatly to the MDTA and to our investment in Maryland's future."

Mr. Hellmann is a Professional Engineer and holds a bachelor's in civil engineering from the University of Maryland.  He also has served on numerous State boards and committees, including the Maryland Stadium Authority, Transportation Review Committee, Task Force on Privatization, Land Use/Economic Development Subcommittee of Maryland's Growth Commission, Commission on Transportation Investment, Transit Policy Panel, Transportation Opportunities Committee and the Transportation Funding Task Force. 

"Mr. Hellmann's extensive engineering and public service experience will help keep the MDTA on solid ground during this critical time for our State's transportation network," said Acting MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Darrell B. Mobley. 

Mr. Hellmann has begun serving his term after being officially sworn in by the clerk of the court in Annapolis on March 27.

"I look forward to working with the other Members and the Executive Secretary of the MDTA in moving the agency forward," said Hellmann.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is an independent State agency that finances, owns and operates the States toll facilities. The MDTAs Board Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the State Senate, serve as the agencys policy-setting and governing body.  Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.

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