Torti to take over ANR from Wibs McLain

first_imgTom Torti to Become Secretary of Natural ResourcesMontpelier – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Tom Torti wouldbecome Vermont’s next Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources,effective January 24, 2005.Torti, 50, of Essex, is a veteran state manager and currently Douglas’Commissioner of Buildings and General Services (BGS). He steps in forlong time Douglas confidant Elizabeth “Wibs” McLain who is stepping downto spend more time with her family, especially her 8 grandchildren.Douglas said he is very confident in Torti’s ability to lead the agency.”Tom shares my commitment to improving and protecting Vermont’s naturalresources and working landscape,” the Governor said. “He has a provencommitment to energy efficiency and resource management, has spearheadedour fleet management and renewable energy programs, will continue toadvance my environmental priorities, and has the management skills neededto continue to improve service at the Agency.”At the direction of the Governor last year, Torti worked to develop thestate’s first comprehensive environmental impact and resource managementplan. The plan is working to reduce the environmental impact of stategovernment, save taxpayer dollars through energy savings, create marketdemand for environmentally preferable products-especially Vermontproducts-and demonstrate that the Governor’s commitment to fiscalresponsibility and environmental stewardship go hand and hand.Torti, an avid hunter and fisherman, said he is looking forward to leadingthe Agency of Natural Resources, championing the Governor’s environmentalinitiatives, and encouraging a new ethic of conservation throughout thestate.Governor Douglas also praised McLain’s leadership saying it has been keyto the success of his environmental agenda, especially permit reform,opposing changes in federal emissions standards, and implementing theGovernor’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.”Wibs has done a wonderful job leading the Agency, there is no doubt thatshe has been one of this administration’s all-stars,” the Governor said.”She is a dear friend and I look forward to her continued counsel and wishher all the very best in the future.”ABOUT TOM TORTIFormer Governor Howard Dean appointed Torti BGS Commissioner in 1996;Douglas extended this appointment in 2002. Prior to 1996, Torti served asDeputy Secretary of the Agency of Administration and Commissioner ofPersonnel, and executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneysand Sheriffs.Torti is currently serving a second three-year term as Selectman of theTown of Essex. He is a member of his community’s planning commission, andactive in many other community organizations.He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont, anda Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont.ABOUT ELIZABETH “WIBS” MCLAINMcLain was called upon in December 2002 to head the Agency of NaturalResources. Over many years in government and advocacy, McLain served as alegislator, Chief of Staff to Governor Richard Snelling and later asCommissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and DeputySecretary of the Agency of Natural Resources under Governor Howard Dean.Prior to her appointment in 2002, McLain was Vice President for Communityand Government Relations at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.She is a graduate of Middlebury College.ABOUT THE AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCESThe Agency of Natural Resources has approximately 600 employees working inthree departments: the Department of Environmental Conservation, theDepartment of Fish & Wildlife, and the Department of Forests, Parks, &Recreation.###last_img

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