January 11, 2007
Christine Hansen, 410-576-6956
GANSLER ANNOUNCES NEW POSITION FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL'S
OFFICE: DIRECTOR FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
Carl O. Snowden to be First Director
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
that he has created a new executive level position in his office,
Director for Civil Rights. Gansler also announced that Carl O.
Snowden has been hired as the first director.
“On the eve of the nation celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., I believe it is important for the Attorney General’s office
to reaffirm our commitment to the ideals and causes for which Dr. King gave his
life.” Attorney General Gansler said.
Attorney General Gansler created this position, which will report
directly to him, to become involved in the myriad of civil rights
issues that affect so many Marylanders. Among the recent issues
that Director Snowden will be handling are allegations of civil
rights violations that occurred in Maryland on Election Day 2006,
higher education equity, hate crimes, and ground rents. Director
Snowden will be responsible for gathering information on these
civil rights issues and suggesting legislative and legal remedies.
He will also serve as the civil rights liaison between the Office
of Attorney General and the community.
"I have always felt passionately about civil rights issues," said
Attorney General Gansler. "Although progress has been made
over the years, there is much to be done. We need strong leadership
and representation in the civil rights arena, and I created this
position to insure that we fulfill that role," added Gansler. "Carl
Snowden has more than 20 years of experience in championing civil
and human rights causes, and that makes him the obvious choice
for this position.”
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Director
Snowden, "and I plan to work tirelessly to make our great
state a leader in safeguarding the civil rights of all Marylanders."
Snowden has served as an adjunct college professor at Sojourner
Douglass College and Anne Arundel Community College and worked
for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. He has also operated
his own civil rights consulting firm and most recently been a cabinet
member the administration of former Anne Arundel County Executive
Janet S. Owens, serving as her inter-governmental relations officer.
In that capacity, Snowden served as liaison for the Anne Arundel
County government to lobby federal, state and local government