Hanger, top policy aide to Gov. Wolf, leaves administration

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 19, 2016 11:09 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma

(Harrisburg) -- A prominent adviser to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is leaving the administration and moving to Massachusetts, where his wife is a medical school administrator.

Wolf announced Friday that Policy and Planning Secretary John Hanger will be replaced by Sarah Galbally, who has been Hanger's deputy.

Hanger, a lawyer, served with Wolf in then-Gov. Ed Rendell's Cabinet. Hanger was environmental protection secretary and Wolf was revenue secretary.

He backed Wolf after dropping out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary race in March 2014.

Hanger's wife of 36 years is vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

In a statement, Hanger says commuting from Massachusetts has proven impossible.

Hanger has served as a member of the Public Utility Commission and founded PennFuture, a Harrisburg-based environmental advocacy group.

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