State offices and all DLLR physical locations will be closed to the public December 24 & December 25, 2014. However, Unemployment Insurance telephone and Web operations WILL be available on Wednesday, December 24.

About DLLR


About the DLLR Secretary

Leonard J. Howie III, Secretary of Department of Labor, 
              Licensing, & Regulation

Leonard J. Howie III,
Secretary of Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation


Leonard J. Howie III
Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Leonard J. Howie III was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) by Governor Martin O'Malley in October 2012. He brings over 25 years of management experience to DLLR whose mission is to protect and empower Marylanders. He has oversight responsibility for an agency that employs more than 2,000 workers and has an operating budget of more than $325 million. Secretary Howie previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR). In that role, he managed administrative operations, budget and finance, technology, human resources and other core functions for the agency. He was a driving force in moving the agency toward improved service delivery and results-oriented accountability.

Prior to joining DHR in 2011, he was the Deputy Secretary of DLLR from 2007-2011 where he implemented critical departmental initiatives. During that time he worked with DLLR's core programs and was instrumental in the incorporation of adult learning programs into DLLR's existing workforce development division.


He also spearheaded the DLLR Academy which fostered a work culture based on teamwork through staff development activities focused on effective communication and positive conflict resolution. He was promoted to Deputy Secretary after a brief tenure as DLLR's Commissioner of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing in 2007.

From 2004-2007, Secretary Howie was an Attorney Advisor with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education where he represented student populations facing discrimination and promoted solutions to civil rights violations. He spent three years as the Program Evaluations Director for the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and was a Senior Consultant with the Ethics Resource Center, Inc. which provided business ethics training and consulting for Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies. Secretary Howie also held positions as adjunct faculty and program advisor at the University of the District of Columbia.

His distinguished career began as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1984-1989. He continued his military service as a member of the Reserves from 1989 to 1992 while pursuing a career in law.

Secretary Howie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He obtained both his Master of Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University and is a member of the Maryland Bar. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) and was a member of the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area Board of Directors from 2004-2008.

A native of Dayton, OH, he currently resides in College Park, MD with his wife Robynn and has three children: Lauren, Jordan and Jillian.