Maryland Department of Natural Resources

DNR Secretary Mark J. BeltonMark J. Belton, Secretary

Secretary Belton has served in a variety of state and local government leadership positions, including Charles County administrator and Queen Anne's County administrator. Secretary Belton served as department's assistant secretary from 2003 to 2005.

A 1983 graduate of the Naval Academy, Belton was on active duty with the Navy for more than seven years and in the Naval Reserve for more than 20 years. He retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in 2014.

As Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, he leads the organization to preserve, protect, enhance and restore Maryland’s natural resources.