Friday, July 17, 2009

ANR Secretary Wood Appoints New DEC Commissioner and Deputy Secretary

The AP is reporting that Jonathan Wood - the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources - has selected a new commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and has promoted his communications director to the deputy secretary position:
Vermont Natural Resources Secretary Jonathan Wood has promoted two agency managers to become commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation as well as deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

Justin Johnson, who has served as deputy DEC commissioner, was named commissioner on Thursday.

Sabina Haskell, the Natural Resources Agency's communications director, moved up to deputy secretary.

Former Agency Commissioner John Sayles resigned in March to take another job with the state as did former DEC Commissioner Laura Pelosi in May.