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Governor Corbett nominates secretaries to head DEP, DCNR

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 20, 2013 11:53 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is turning to his acting secretaries at two state agencies to run them on a permanent basis.  

Corbett has sent the Senate the nominations of Ellen Ferretti as Conservation and Natural Resources secretary and Christopher Abruzzo to head the Department of Environmental Protection. Ferrett's been acting secretary since June, while Abruzzo has been acting secretary since April. 

“Christopher and Ellen have served several months in the capacity of acting secretary of their respective departments, and in both cases we have seen each of them earn the respect of people both inside and outside of the agencies,’’ Corbett said in a statement. “Each embody the commitment and dedication to protecting and conserving our environment and natural resources, which is a top priority of my administration and the people of Pennsylvania.’’

“Chris has served the citizens of Pennsylvania with distinction, both as a prosecuting attorney and as a member of my executive staff. As deputy chief of staff, Chris played instrumental roles in many of my environmental initiatives, including enhanced protective standards for oil and gas development, implementing the permit decision guarantee, and refocusing the agency on job number one: protecting the environment," he said.

Ferretti, 56, has more than 20 years of experience working to protect the state’s natural resources, having served as the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s director of its northeast regional office, where she worked closely with DCNR and its partners on landscape conservation.

The 56-year-old Ferretti lives in Dallas, while the 46-year-old Abruzzo, a former deputy chief of staff under Corbett, is a resident of Hershey.  

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