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Governor-elect Wolf Announces Heads of Human Services, Health, Drugs and Alcohol, and His Physician General

January 17, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that he has chosen Ted Dallas, currently the secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, to be his secretary of the Department of Human Services, and Karen Murphy, the former chief executive officer of Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, to be his secretary of the Department of Health. Wolf also announced that current Department of Drugs and Alcohol secretary, Gary Tennis, will stay on in his Administration and Dr. Rachel Levine will serve as the physician general. Dr. Levine is currently a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, vice-chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics, and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Read more

Governor-elect Wolf Chooses Inspector General, Secretary of Aging

January 16, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that Grayling Williams, who has over three decades of federal law enforcement experience, will serve as Inspector General. Wolf also announced that he has chosen Teresa Osborne, who is the executive director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging, as secretary of the Department of Aging.

"I want to restore the public's trust in government and change the culture in Harrisburg by enacting comprehensive ethics reforms -- including a gift ban for all executive branch employees," said Governor-elect Tom Wolf. "As public servants, it is our duty to protect the interests of the people we serve. Grayling Williams will be tasked with ensuring that the executive branch maintains the highest levels of professional conduct and integrity and holding transgressors accountable." Read more

Budget Task Force Finds $2.33 Billion Deficit

January 16, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf's Transition Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force today released the key findings from their review of the depth of Pennsylvania's budget deficit.

"After analyzing the budget documents and meeting with both the Independent Fiscal Office and the Office of the Budget, the Task Force projects that the budget shortfall will be $2.33 billion in 2015-16 and could grow to as much as $2.8 billion in 2016-17." Read more

Governor-elect Wolf Announces Heads of State Police, PEMA, Fire, and Military and Veterans

January 15, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that he has selected Colonel Marcus L. Brown, currently the superintendent of the Maryland State Police, to be the commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Wolf also announced that he has chosen Richard Flinn, who now serves as the deputy director of operations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the former deputy director for operations for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, to lead the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as well as former Senator Timothy Solobay to be the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Office of Fire.

Wolf has also chosen Major General James R. Joseph, who is now serving as the special assistant to the combatant commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command for National Guard Matters, to be the Adjutant General at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Read more

Governor-elect Wolf Picks Richards To Run Transportation, Schoch Will Serve In Governor's Office

January 14, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that he has chosen Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards to serve as secretary of the Department of Transportation. Barry Schoch, currently the secretary of the Department of Transportation, will move into the Office of the Governor to serve as a senior advisor to the governor on issues related to transportation and infrastructure. Read more

Governor-elect Wolf Announces Secretaries Of Environmental Protection, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Administration

January 14, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that he has chosen John Quigley, the former secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to be his secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Governor-elect Wolf has also selected Cindy Dunn, who previously served as the deputy secretary of conservation and technical service for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to serve as his secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as well as Sharon Minnich, the former assistant chief information officer of the Commonwealth, to be his secretary of the Office of Administration. Read more

Governor-elect Wolf Announces Secretaries of Budget, Agriculture, and Banking and Securities

January 13, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that he chosen Randy Albright, who has served as the Democrats' executive director of the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee since 2009, to be his secretary of the Office of the Budget. Wolf also announced that he has selected Russell Redding, the former secretary of the Department of Agriculture from 2009 to 2011, to lead the Department of Agriculture, as well as Robin Wiessmann, who previously served as founder and president of the Artemis Capital Group and vice president at Goldman Sachs, to be the secretary of the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more

Governor-elect Wolf Announces Choices For Corrections, General Services, And Insurance

January 12, 2015 by Wolf Transition Press

York, PA - Governor-elect Tom Wolf today announced that Secretary John Wetzel will remain as the head of the Department of Corrections. Wolf also announced that he has selected Curt Topper, Georgetown University's head of purchasing and contract functions, to be secretary of the Department of General Services and Teresa Miller, currently a health care partner at Crowell & Moring and the former administrator of the Oregon Insurance Division, to lead the Department of Insurance.

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