Scott R. Jensen Named Interim Labor Secretary


Rejoined DLLR in January as Deputy Secretary

BALTIMORE, MD (May 17, 2012) - Governor Martin O’Malley has named Scott R. Jensen as Interim Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Since January 2012, Jensen has served as Deputy Secretary under former DLLR Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, who leaves to join the office of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as Chief of Staff.

Jensen is a familiar figure to DLLR, as he also served with former DLLR Secretary Thomas E. Perez as a Special Assistant, where he led the expansion of unemployment insurance benefits to part-time workers, spearheaded the Workplace Fraud Act of 2009 that addresses the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and coordinated the alignment of adult and correctional education with the workforce development system. Between his two tenures with DLLR, he worked for Salisbury University, where he was responsible to the President for creating and maintaining mutually productive relationships with the university’s national, state, and local public partners.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve the citizens of Maryland in a new capacity,” said Jensen. “Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Secretary Sanchez, DLLR has helped protect and empower more Marylanders to get better jobs, develop career-enhancing skills, and support their families as part of our valued workforce. I look forward to continuing their important work.”

Previously, Jensen earned two four-year terms as a member of Easton, Maryland’s city council. Always working collaboratively with the mayor, his colleagues on the council, and the business community, he helped achieve true progress on Easton’s downtown revitalization, smart growth, historic preservation, economic development, and public safety.

Jensen holds a bachelor’s in history from Illinois State University and a master’s in liberal education (“Great Books”) from St. John’s College. While he ultimately put his liberal arts education to work in political life, it was his academic work that originally brought him to Maryland from New York City, where he was a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research. Prior to his career in public service, from 1999 to 2001 he taught philosophy as a lecturer at Salisbury State University on a joint appointment from the honors and philosophy departments.

Donni Turner, currently serving as Director of Policy, will also serve as Interim Secretary Jensen’s Acting Chief of Staff.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy. Follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR) and Facebook.