Hofmann to replace LaWare as secretary of Human Services

Montpelier, Vt. (November 12, 2008)- Governor Jim Douglas has announced that Commissioner of Corrections Rob Hofmann will soon be Secretary of Human Services. Cindy LaWare, the current agency head, is stepping down to explore other opportunities to serve Vermont.
Governor Douglas thanked LaWare for her service. "Cindy has been an important and dedicated member of my cabinet and has served Vermonters with diligence and professionalism for the past seven years. I greatly appreciate her work to advance important elements of our agenda, including fighting to make health care more accessible and affordable, improving services for Vermonters with mental illness through the Futures plan, and implementing the Incarcerated Women's Initiative, the Children's Integrated Services initiative, and the statewide Housing Now initiative," Governor Douglas said. "I hope and expect she will continue to serve Vermonters in the future."
Governor Douglas said Hofmann, who served as Vermont's finance commissioner before moving to the Department of Corrections, has the right financial and human services management expertise for the new post.
"Rob shares my views that the best social program is a good job and the best way to balance the budget is to grow the economy," the Governor said. "He has proven to be an innovative, caring and pragmatic leader at the Department of Corrections, addressing some of our state's most pressing challenges with balance and common sense. He also understands the challenge of building a responsible and compassionate budget during difficult financial times that protects the most vulnerable.. He will serve Vermonters very well as secretary of human services."
Hofmann's appointment is effective November 23, 2008.

Robert D. Hofmann of Waterbury Center, Washington County was born on August 3, 1960. He graduated from SUNY College at Cortland (BA History: Summa Cum Laude 1985). After working as a Business Analyst at Dun and Bradstreet in New York City, he attended Columbia Graduate School of Business (MBA Finance 1985), where he met his future wife, Kit Walker, a former Vermont teacher. Rob worked at American Express in New York City (1985-1990) in progressively challenging positions in financial services. From 1990-2003 he worked at Chittenden Bank in Burlington, VT first as Director of Marketing and later as Senior Vice President for Business Services.
Rob served as Vermont's Commissioner of Finance and Management from 2003-2005 and Corrections Commissioner since February 2005. He has been involved in his church, coaching his children's sports teams and is a former board member of his college alumni association and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The family holds dual citizenship: United States and Ireland and Rob hopes to work overseas after the kids leave the nest.