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Shumlin Fills Vacancies in His Administration From Within

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Gov. Peter Shumlin at the Statehouse in March - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
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  • Gov. Peter Shumlin at the Statehouse in March

A veteran of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration will take over as state secretary of commerce and community development, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

Current Deputy Secretary Lucy Leriche replaces outgoing Secretary Pat Moulton, who leaves her post to serve as interim president of Vermont Technical College.

Leriche previously spent about seven years in the state legislature representing Hardwick, including a stint as Democratic House majority leader.

Shumlin also announced that Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein will oversee the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center. The appointment comes two weeks after Gene Fullam resigned from the post. Fullam served just one year that saw scandal as the feds charged Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger with longtime fraud related to EB-5 projects in the Northeast Kingdom.

Scott Coriell, Sue Allen and Liz Miller. - PAUL HEINTZ
  • Paul Heintz
  • Scott Coriell, Sue Allen and Liz Miller.
The changes come as Shumlin’s deputy chief of staff and spokesman, Scott Coriell, embarks on a two-month unpaid leave to travel. Coriell returns October 1. In the interim, Sue Allen, also a deputy chief of staff, will take over press duties, Coriell said.

Shumlin’s tenure as governor is in its final months. He’ll retire and be replaced by one of five candidates vying for the position. The primary election is Tuesday.

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