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March 11, 2011

DPS Announces New Appointments

The Vermont Department of Public Service announced today the appointment of Sarah Hofmann as Deputy Commissioner and James Porter as the Director of Telecommunications. The Department serves as the ratepayer advocate for utility matters in energy, telecommunications and water, and also is the lead for the state’s energy policy.

“I am very pleased to have Sarah and Jim as part of the department’s leadership team,” said Elizabeth Miller, Commissioner of the Department. “This is an exciting time as we continue to work diligently on the state’s energy plan, and to complete the state’s broadband build out,” Miller said.

Ms. Hofmann is a graduate of Rollins College and the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Most recently she served as the Director for Public Advocacy for the department. Her shift to the Deputy role will require the Department to hire another dynamic and committed individual as the Director of Public Advocacy, leading the Department’s legal staff and consumer affairs specialists.

Mr. Porter is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Birmingham School of Law. Most recently he served as a staff attorney for the department and has worked hard on many key telecommunication issues, most notably the FairPoint acquisition. The Department will require a new staff attorney to assume Mr. Porter’s prior role.

The Department also recently announced the retirement of Dave Lamont, long-time valuable member of the Department’s planning staff, most recently as Director of Planning and Energy Resources. The Department has realigned Mr. Lamont’s position and is actively seeking an individual for the Director of Energy Policy and Planning.

Position descriptions will be available on line through Vermont’s Human Resources Department at http://humanresources.vermont.gov/

Source: Department of Public Service
Last Updated at: March 11, 2011 07:50:12