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May 16, 2008

Secretary of Administration Retiring

Acting Commissioner of Health Also Stepping Down

Montpelier, Vt.— Governor Jim Douglas announced that Secretary of Administration Michael K. Smith will retire from state service at the end of August.

Governor Douglas praised Smith for his service to Vermont. “Mike is an invaluable member of my team and a close personal friend. I cannot thank him enough for the top-quality work he has done for Vermont,” Governor Douglas said. “He has worked tirelessly to help advance our vision of positive change and to make Vermont more affordable and our families more prosperous. I wish him and Mary the very best and look forward to his continued counsel and friendship.”

The Governor will appoint Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary Neale Lunderville to the administration post responsible for overseeing the state’s budget, human resources, tax policies, buildings and general services, IT infrastructure and state library services. Current Deputy Secretary of Transportation, David Dill will move up to VTrans’ top job.

“Both Neale and David have demonstrated their very strong management skills and dedication to the work we do to invest in the transportation infrastructure that is so critical to economic growth,” the Governor said. “I have no doubt that each will carry out their new duties very effectively and I greatly appreciate their continued service to Vermont.”

The Agency of Human Services also announced today that Acting Commissioner of Health, Sharon Moffatt, MSN, BSN, RN, is stepping down from the position she has held for nearly two years, to spend more time with her family.

“Sharon has done a phenomenal job advancing our efforts to improve health and reduce health care costs through our Fit and Healthy Kids Initiative and the Vermont Blueprint for Health,” the Governor said. “Her hard work has helped make our state the healthiest and the best in the nation for maternal and early childhood health, among other top priorities.”

Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, agreed. “Sharon has been an invaluable addition to the Agency’s leadership team and to the administration in her capacity as the state’s top public health official. She performed her duties with great compassion and commitment. She will truly be missed, and we wish her the very best.”


Michael K. Smith of Essex Junction was born in Rutland, Vermont. He is a graduate of Woodstock Union High School, and received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from The University of Vermont. Smith served honorably in the United States Navy as a member of the navy commando unit, SEAL Team Two.

He was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, and served on the House Natural Resources Committee from 1977-78. Smith served as Town Manager of Hardwick and then spent five years working for the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the MMA Consulting Group in Boston.

Following a stint as General Manager of PERMA (Public Employer Risk Management Association) in Albany, NY, he was appointed Deputy State Treasurer for the State of Vermont under Treasurer James H. Douglas, serving from 1995-99. Smith was named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Yankee Captive Management in South Burlington, Vermont in May 1999.

He was appointed Secretary of Administration by Governor Douglas, and assumed the post on January 9, 2003. Subsequently, Smith was appointed by Governor Douglas to the position of Secretary of Human Services, effective February 21, 2005. He was reappointed by Governor Douglas to become Secretary of Administration on January 30, 2006.


Neale F. Lunderville of Burlington was appointed Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation by Governor Jim Douglas in August 2006. Prior to this appointment, Lunderville served as Vermont’s Secretary of Civil & Military Affairs with responsibilities for transportation, public safety, and emergency management.

Lunderville also served as chairman and campaign manager of Douglas’ successful gubernatorial campaigns in 2002 and 2004. In 2000, he co-founded Sagitas, Inc., a legal technology firm, and served as its Chief Information Officer. He was also the Director of Technology at a media relations firm in Washington, D.C.

Lunderville was born in Burlington, Vermont. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Political Science.


David Dill of Lyndon was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation in August 2004. Prior to this appointment, he spent six years as the Agency’s Director of Maintenance and Operations with responsibility for the Agency’s nine maintenance districts. For the last two of those years, he also had responsibility for Vermont airport, public transit, and rail operations.

Dill earned a BA at Wake Forest University and holds a master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He was also a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College. He served in the US Air Force for 21 years as a pilot and political/military officer, including a tour in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired as a full colonel.

Prior to coming to the Agency, Dill was the first Town Administrator for the Town of Lyndon, serving for eight years and still residing in the town. Subsequently he also served as a town Selectman for four years.


Sharon Moffatt, MSN, BSN, RN, of Williston, was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health in 2006, and Deputy Commissioner of Health in 2002.

Moffatt was the State Director of Public Health Nursing and Assistant Director of the Division of Community Public Health for seven years. She has worked as a public health nurse for over 25 years in clinics, homes, schools and numerous other community settings.

Since 1997, Moffatt has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, School of Nursing. Throughout her public health career, she has worked with a wide variety of public health and health care professionals and key community partners to systematically improve the health of all Vermonters.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: May 16, 2008 08:17:13