Biography of the Secretary
Secretary David R. Craig
David R. Craig, 65, a lifelong resident of Harford County, Maryland, became secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning in February 2015 after being appointed by Governor Larry Hogan.
Craig worked at several levels of government in Harford County. In his hometown of Havre de Grace, he was elected to the City Council in 1979 and went on to become mayor in 1985. He began service on a statewide level in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1991 and was elected as one of Harford County’s two senators in the Maryland General Assembly in 1995. He served as chair of the Harford County Delegation in 1998 and 1999. Upon completing his term in the State Senate, Craig was again elected mayor of Havre de Grace, a position he held until taking the office of Harford County Executive in 2005. As mayor, Craig served as president of the Maryland Municipal League.
Along with his government posts, Craig worked for 34 years with the Harford County Public School System. He began as a history teacher at Edgewood Middle School and went on to hold positions at Aberdeen and Havre de Grace Middle Schools. He retired as assistant principal at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air when he took on the full-time challenge of Harford County Executive.
Craig served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and was president of the Maryland Association of Counties. He also served on the boards of a number of philanthropic and charitable organizations.
As Harford County Executive, Craig confronted issues such as comprehensive rezoning, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), improved public schools and public safety and management of a budget exceeding three quarters of a billion dollars. Craig proposed an aggressive school construction plan as well as prepare Harford for future growth needs. He bolstered public safety, working with the sheriff, Harford County's state’s attorney, and the Volunteer Fire and EMS Association to increase tools and training to meet the county's growing demand for emergency services. Craig also pursued progressive stewardship of Harford County's agricultural heritage.
Craig received a bachelor's degree in history from Towson State College in 1971 and a master’s degree, also in history, from Morgan State University in 1983. He is a graduate of the Maryland Leadership Academy and the National Leadership Academy.
Born in Havre de Grace in 1949, Craig and his wife, Melinda, have three children and eight grandchildren.