06/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/09/2021 10:53
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointments of two deputy commissioners, as well over 120 appointments to State boards and commissions since April 1.
Extended Cabinet Appointments
Alex Farrell, deputy commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
Alex Farrell has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Vermont State Housing Authority since 2019 and has served as chair of Vermont's Real Estate Commission since 2019. He also has served the city of Burlington on the Board for Registration of Voters (2015 - 2018), the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board (2018 - 2021), and the Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Commission (2018 - Present).
Prior to accepting this appointment, Farrell worked at Union Mutual of Vermont as a data analyst since 2015, and later as corporate projects coordinator.
Farrell received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Vermont with a concentration in finance and is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at Clarkson University.
Michael Smith, deputy commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles
Michael Smith has worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles since 1989 in numerous roles, leading to his promotion to director of operations in 2010. In that role, he has been responsible for oversight of the largest division at DMV, encompassing over two-thirds of its staff. The division is responsible for all licensing, examinations, CDL compliance, vehicle registration and titling, IFTA/IRP, oversize and overweight vehicle programs, fuel tax, driver improvement, and legislative affairs.
Department of Mental Health Leadership
Additionally, earlier today, Governor Scott announced the appointments of Emily J. Hawes as commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Alison Krompf as deputy commissioner of the Department of Mental Health.
State Boards and Commissions Appointments
Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor's Office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor's website at http://governor.vermont.gov/boards-commissions to apply.
The appointments made by the Governor between April 1 and May 31 are listed below:
Act 264 Advisory Board
Animal Cruelty Investigation Board
Board of Nursing
Cannabis Control Board Advisory Committee
Chemicals of High Concern for Children Working Group
Current Use Advisory Board
Electricians' Licensing Board
Endangered Species Committee
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Governor's Workforce Equity and Diversity Council
Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee
Human Services Board
Interagency Coordinating Council
Vermont Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision
Joint Committee on Tax Credits
Justices of The Peace
Natural Resources Board
Northeast Fire and Protection Commission
Pesticide Advisory Council
Search and Rescue Council
Snowmobile Advisory Council
State Infrastructure Bond Bank
State Program Standing Committee on Adult Mental Health
State Rehabilitation Council
Sunset Advisory Commission
Travel and Recreation Council
Travel Information Council
Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain
Vermont Commission on Women
Vermont Economic Progress Council
Vermont Fire Service Training Council
Vermont Humanities Council
Vermont Pensions Investment Committee
Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Board of Directors
Vermont Tax Structure Commission