Agency of Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen and Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) Incoming Commissioner Monica Hutt announced today upcoming staffing changes at the Department. Current Deputy Commissioner Stuart Schurr, an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector, has decided to shift from his role as the Deputy Commissioner and step in to lead legal services at DAIL as the General Counsel for the Department. Secretary Cohen noted, “Stuart’s keen legal mind and years of experience at DAIL will serve the Department extremely well as he steps into this new role.”
Governor Peter Shumlin announced June 5 that DAIL Commissioner Susan Wehry was leaving her post and that Hutt would take over. At the same time, he announced the retirement of Paul Dupre, Commissioner for the Department of Mental Health. Dupre will be replaced on an interim basis by Deputy Commissioner Frank Reed.
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Stuart Schurr said he is excited about the return to legal work and his new role, “I am thrilled to be returning to DAIL’s legal unit and look forward to working with the strong team we already have in place.”
Replacing Schurr as the Deputy Commissioner for DAIL will be Camille George, currently the Developmental Disabilities Services Division Director. Camille brings a depth of experience to this role, having served as the Deputy for the Department previously, in addition to her history in developmental services and with aging network services. She will offer continuity and expertise in this new role. In accepting this position, Camille stated, “I am devoted to the people that we serve. This is a tremendous honor and I am very excited to be able to support DAIL in this capacity to be the best department that it can be.”
Incoming Commissioner Hutt shared her enthusiasm about the leadership team at DAIL and her commitment to the developmental services unit “I am thrilled to have both Stuart and Camille in such vital leadership roles at DAIL and am confident that, with their expertise and experience, we can continue to lead the way in supporting independent and healthy lives for our older Vermonters and for individuals with disabilities. I also want to clearly articulate my commitment to the Developmental Services unit, to the Traumatic Brain Injury Program and to the Office of Public Guardians; identifying new leadership for that division will be a priority and Camille will continue to be actively engaged until we can replace her.”