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Governor Appoints New Vermont DEC Chief

The deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has been appointed to lead the Department of Environmental Conservation after the commissioner abruptly resigned.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday the appointment of Peter Walke to the post.  Walke had been deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources since January 2017. During that time he co-chaired the Vermont Climate Action Commission and was the Vermont representative to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  He previously was chief of staff at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.  

Former Commissioner Emily Boedecker did not give a reason for her departure.  A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Phil Scott says Boedecker left to "pursue other opportunities."  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Contents © copyright 2020. All rights reserved.