Washington: In a first for the community in the state, an Indian-American entrepreneur has been appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources in Maryland State Cabinet.
Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan has announced to appoint Sam Malohtra as his pick to head the Department of Human Resources.
Malhotra, founder and CEO of Subsystem Technologies, a defense and safety company, had previously served in Governor Robert L Ehrlich's Administration in a volunteer capacity on Maryland Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.
"I look forward to the challenge of serving as Secretary of the Department of Human Resources, and helping Governor Hogan meet his policy objectives to serve the great people of the State of Maryland," Malhotra said.
Department of Human Resources has 6,500 employees and is tasked with oversight of the State's welfare programs.
The department has a budget of approximately USD 2.7 billion annually that includes Federal funds.
Republican Indian Committee president Dilip Paliath, who served as an advisor to last Republican Maryland Governor Ehrlich, said Malhotra will make an outstanding Secretary.