Josh Sharfstein, Food and Drug Administration’s Principal Deputy Commissioner would soon be leading the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Gov. Martin O’Malley admitted his delight from the idea of attracting Sharfstein from a high-profile position at the FDA. The formal announcement from O’Malley will be done on Wednesday morning during a press conference in Annapolis.

The 41 year-old Sharfstein will be taking over the previous position of DHMH Secretary John M. Colmers. He will be overseeing a budget of $9 billion annually which includes an extensive Medicaid program. He will also be having an important role in implementing the Obama health care revamp which has been a priority for O’Malley.

The change would become advantageous for Sharfstein since his house in Baltimore’s Mount Washignton is closer to his future office. In addition, his familiarity with Maryland politics will also work on his favor.

Just recently, Sharfstein led the FDA in banning alcohol infused energy drinks like the Four Loko. He has been a household name in national news and press for the tougher standpoint on enforcements and recalls.