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December 12, 2012

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz Announces Justin Johnson Deputy Secretary of ANR

Justin Johnson, current Deputy Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation, will become Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, replacing Chris Recchia who was appointed last month as Commissioner of the Department of Public Service.

“We are fortunate to have so many talented, dedicated people within the Agency”, said Secretary Markowitz on Tuesday. “Justin’s extensive background in public management and environmental policy, much of it within the Agency of Natural Resources, makes him an ideal choice to replace Chris [Recchia].”

Johnson brings with him eighteen years of experience working in local, state and federal government in both the United States and Australia. He was a senior executive in a large municipal government in Australia, and spent three years as Chief-of-Staff to a member of the Australian House of Representatives overseeing constituent services, policy development, research and staffing.

His Vermont career began at the (then) Department of Agriculture as a marketing specialist. He has worked as both Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, beginning in 2004.

“Since Justin already has such a strong understanding of the Agency and its goals and challenges, I am optimistic that this will be a smooth and seamless transition,” said Markowitz. “I am excited about the great team we have here at the Agency and am looking forward to working with Justin to make sure we continue to protect our natural environment, build resilient communities, and support our working landscape.”

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: December 12, 2012 08:25:48