Douglas to form new Department of Labor

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Douglas to form new Department of Labor

Wed, 11/10/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Announces Plan to Merge Departments to Form New Department of
Labor
Ginevan to Retire, McDonald to Head DET & Merger Effort, Terrill will Move
to AOT
Montpelier, Vt.- The Douglas administration is proposing to merge the
Department of Employment and Training (DET) and the Department of Labor
and Industry (DLI) to create a single Department of Labor, Governor Jim
Douglas has announced.
Current DET Commissioner Anne Ginevan, however, is retiring; the effective
date of her departure is still to be determined. Ginevan, 63, and a
resident of Middlebury, is the second direct appointee to step down at the
end of the Governor's first term.
"Anne is a proven administrator, has done a great job working to
strengthen our network of job training and education programs and has a
strong understanding of government affairs and the legislative process.
She has been a valuable member of our team and will be missed." Douglas
said.
"The next step is for us to move forward with our plan to merge the
Department of Employment and Training with the Department of Labor and
Industry to create a one-stop-shopping model for job training, workforce
development, and responsible labor and industry policy," Douglas added.
"Empowering Vermonters with the skills that they need to succeed in the
21st Century economy is a central component of my job creation strategy."
Governor Douglas will appoint current Agency of Transportation Secretary
Patricia McDonald, 61, of Berlin, to fill the vacancy at DET.
Douglas said McDonald's public and private sector management experience,
and her relationship with key legislators will be important to the success
of the merger proposal. "Pat's banking and human resources management
experience, coupled with her strong record of government service, make her
an excellent choice to lead this effort," Douglas said.
Before working for state government, McDonald worked for CIBA-GEIGY
Corporation for 20 years, moving to Vermont in 1989 to take a position as
Vice President of Human Relations and Regulatory Management at The
Merchant's Bank. In 1994, McDonald was appointed Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles and in 2000 became Deputy Commissioner of Education. Prior to
her appointment at AOT McDonald served as Commissioner of Personnel.
Current Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community
Development Dawn Terrill will be appointed Vermont's next Secretary of
Transportation. Terrill, 36, is a resident of Colchester.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Terrill served
as President and CEO of Hill Associates in Colchester, Vermont, a company
that provides education and training to service providers and equipment
manufacturers in the telecommunications industry.
Terrill joined Hill Associates in 1988, holding various management
positions including those of Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice
President.
Her new agency has the mission of maintaining a transportation system that
allows for the safe movement of people and goods in a cost-effective,
environmentally sensitive and timely manner. AOT oversees approximately
14,000 miles of roadway, 320 miles of Interstate, over 2,370 miles of
toll-free state highways, 11,210 miles of municipal roads, 13 public
transit system, 16 public use airports, ten state-owned airports, and 623
miles of rail, roughly half of which is state-owned.
Douglas said he sought someone "who is a proven manager and who
understands that maintaining and improving our transportation
infrastructure is critical to our job creation strategy. I have every
confidence in Dawn's ability to build on the tremendous progress we've
made in the last two years."
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