The state's top regulator of industrial sewage, hazardous wastes and landfills has resigned after 10 years at his post to take a job with Anne Arundel County's health department.
Ronald Nelson, director of hazardous and solid waste management at the Maryland Department of the Environment, left last week to become environmental health director for the county.
Nelson, who has been with the state for 24 years, said he left to pursue different interests and to work closer to his Anne Arundel home. He has been overseeing landfills, hazardous waste and industrial sewage since 1980.
Environment Secretary Martin W. Walsh Jr. said he plans a national search for Nelson's replacement.
Nelson is the third state environmental official to join Anne Arundel's health department.
Thomas Andrews, the county's health officer, once was deputy environment secretary. Dr. Katherine Farrell, former assistant secretary for toxics, environmental science and health, also joined the county health agency recently.
Nelson will supervise about 90 employees at the health department, less than a third of the 300-member work force he managed at the environment department. His $62,500 salary also is about $5,500 less than his old pay, but Nelson said his earnings should be about the same because of other income and benefits arrangements.