April 6, 2011

Kensington mayor becomes deputy secretary of state

Kensington Mayor Peter Fosselman has taken a position within Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration, overseeing the operations of charitable organizations across the state. Fosselman announced today that starting April 20 he will become deputy secretary of state, charged with heading the office's Charitable and Legal divisions in Annapolis. He will continue as mayor of Kensington, but resign as a principal at Rodgers Consulting Inc. of Germantown, where he has worked for three years.

Fosselman will work closely with organizations he supports, such as Safe at Home Maryland, which works to keep confidential the addresses of victims of domestic abuse, and the state's Give Wisely program, a public information effort to help prospective donors make well-informed decisions about giving to nonprofits.

He said he hopes working at the seat of Maryland politics will let him become more familiar with state programs that benefit Kensington and Montgomery County.

"It'll be good for the town and it'll be great for the county to have another person with a voice in Annapolis," he said.

Deputy secretaries of state, of which there are two, enforce laws governing the operations of the more than 10,000 charities, and 80,000 notaries in Maryland, as well as certain certification standards, said Frederick Smalls, director of finance, administration, and human resources for the secretary of state's office. SOURCE: Gazette

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