Pa. Gov.-Elect Taps Former Natural Resources secretary to head Environmental Protection

Pennsylvania Gov-Elect Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he has chosen a former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary to head the incoming administration’s Department of Environmental Protection, and that environmental group PennFuture’s CEO will be appointed DCNR’s secretary.

In announcing the selection of John Quigley — who served as DCNR’s head from 2009 to 2011 before leaving to start his own consultancy — to helm Pennsylvania’s DEP, Wolf said Wednesday that the state’s natural resources like the Marcellus Shale need to be better utilized to jump-start the economy and capitalize on the natural gas industry.

Cindy Dunn, Wolf’s pick to head DCNR, also has experience with the agency. She previously served as its deputy secretary of conservation and technical service, before taking over as president and CEO of state environmental advocacy organization PennFuture.

Dunn joined DCNR in 2003 and served in various positions before leaving for the private sector. She also served as the executive director of Audubon Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2003 and holds a master’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University.

Quigley held various positions at the DCNR too and previously served as the mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for eight years. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bloomsburg University.

The appointments come on the heels of last week’s news that Ahmad Zaffarese & Smyler LLC partner Denise Smyler would serve as head of Pennsylvania’s Office of General Counsel.

On Wednesday, Wolf also named the state’s former Assistant Chief Information Officer Sharon Minnich as his new secretary of the Office of Administration.

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