ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, helping to fulfill his campaign promise of attacking alleged polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, announced the appointment of Erin Fitzsimmons as his Special Assistant for the Environment on Monday.

"Her many years of experience leading efforts to protect the Bay, its tributaries and the habitats that depend on the Bay, will be an asset to the office," Gansler said.

The Democrat Gansler was elected in November and used his inauguration to reinforce his ideas for supervising the state's environment by policing businesses and individuals that allegedly pollute the Chesapeake Bay.

Fitzsimmons serves as the Chesapeake Regional director for the Waterkeeper Alliance and taught Environmental Law and Policy, Constitutional Law and The Politics of the Chesapeake Bay at Salisbury University. She currently teaches Environmental Law and Policy at John's Hopkins University in Odyssey's Environmental Certificate Program.

"Working together, our goal will be to prevent pollution, enforce our environmental laws and protect the Bay," she said.

Fitzsimmons, 49, received her law degree from the University of Maryland with a concentration in Environmental Law. She also has a Master's degree in Business Management from John Hopkins University.

Gansler was endorsed by the Greater Washington Board of Trade's Maryland Political Action Committee, which felt he would exhibit an appreciation of a healthy business environment.

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