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May 05, 2008

Housing and Community Affairs Commissioner Stepping Down

MONTPELIER, Vt. —Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs, John S. Hall, will be stepping down after more than five years of service to return to the private sector, the Douglas administration announced today.

Governor Douglas praised Commissioner Hall for his service. “I am very grateful for John’s dedicated service to our state,” Governor Douglas said. “He has been a strong and successful advocate for housing, downtown and village center revitalization and other critical economic development issues.”

Hall, 59, of West Danville, has served since January 2003 as the head of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, which is responsible for the development of state housing policy and coordination of state housing programs; administering federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to municipalities; and developing state land use policy and supporting local and regional planning.

The department, which is part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, also includes the Division for Historic Preservation, which is charged with identifying and protecting historic and archeological resources; and the Downtown Program, which helps revitalize Vermont's downtowns and village centers.

“I’m very grateful to Governor Douglas for the opportunity to serve, and have enjoyed my tenure immensely,” Hall said. “But it’s time to get back to my business, and to allow someone else to bring a fresh perspective to issues of housing and community development.”

In 1970 Hall was a co-founder of Caledonia Supply Company, Inc., an auto parts and equipment wholesaler in St. Johnsbury, and he has been owner and president for the past 20 years.

From 1993 to 1996, Hall served as State Representative, where he was chairman of the House Education Committee, and has also served as St. Johnsbury Town Manager and Executive Director of Northeastern Vermont Development Association.

Has been a Trustee of St. Johnsbury Academy since 1977 and has also served on the St. Johnsbury School and Select Boards; Vermont State Board of Education; Legislative Reapportionment Board; Vermont League of Cities and Towns as Director and Vice-President; Downtown Development Board; and as a director of the Lyndonville Savings Bank.

More at: www.dhca.state.vt.us

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: May 05, 2008 15:58:27