For Immediate Release - May 27, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration Names Mark Kmetz as Director of the Division of Professional Licensure

Kmetz brings decades of public service to agency overseeing 31 boards and nearly 50 trades and professions

BOSTON - Friday, May 17, 2011 - The Patrick-Murray Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation today announced Mark Kmetz, an experienced manager and litigator with over 25 years of public and private experience, will be the new Director of the Division of Professional Licensure, an agency that licenses and regulates trades and professions to ensure consumer protection and a balanced playing field for licensees.

"The Division of Professional Licensure plays a key role in protecting consumers and demanding standards of licensees," said Undersecretary Barbara Anthony. "Mark brings an array of experience and skills to this position that will strengthen the mission of the agency."

Kmetz takes over an agency that has oversight of 31 boards and approximately 50 trades and professions. The boards regulate a wide range of professions, including barbers and cosmetologists, mental health counselors and psychologists, and plumbers and electricians.

"I am honored that Governor Patrick chose me for this position, which gives me the opportunity to expand my work in consumer protection and business oversight," Kmetz said. "I look forward to furthering the Division's mission of protecting public health and safety through professional licensing and standards."

Kmetz most recently worked at Public Consulting Group, Inc., a Boston-based consulting company that offers products and services to government clients nationwide in the areas of health care, education, and information technology, managing litigation and arbitration for the company.

Previously, Kmetz worked for eight years in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, directing tobacco enforcement initiatives, assisting in the management of the Public Protection Bureau, and pursuing Central Artery/Tunnel cost recovery. Kmetz also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, litigating civil False Claims Act actions in the areas of health care, defense procurement, and housing. He also worked for two Philadelphia law firms as an attorney, and clerked for the chief judge in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

Kmetz, who lives in West Roxbury, is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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