Shumlin's administration secretary to join lobbying firm


MONTPELIER >> One of the top officials in Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration will leave his post at the end of the month.

Secretary of Administration Justin Johnson plans to step down Sept. 30 to join the Montpelier lobbying firm MMR, according to an announcement from the administration.

Shumlin appointed Johnson to head the Agency of Administration in January 2015. Prior to that, Johnson was a deputy secretary in the Agency of Natural Resources.

At MMR, Johnson will oversee a new effort around the Paris climate accord, which more than 170 countries signed onto in November. Johnson will reportedly focus on helping businesses and governments meet obligations under the agreement.

In a statement, Johnson said it was "an honor" to work with Shumlin.

Shumlin thanked Johnson for his service and said he has been "an important member" of his team. Shumlin is not running for re-election.

ANR Deputy Secretary Trey Martin will take over as the head of the Agency of Administration, according to the announcement. In his current role, Martin has been responsible for oversight of administrative functions and budget, and has been involved in projects like the Clean Water Act and the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee.

ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz said in the statement that the agency will miss having Martin on the team.

"He is a great problem solver and understands the difference state government makes in the lives of Vermonters," Markowitz said. "This will serve him well as he helps Gov. Shumlin ensure a smooth transition to a new administration."


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