Jason Gibbs to step down as Vermont Parks commissioner

first_imgIn a letter sent to media today, Jason Gibbs, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, announced he is stepping down from that position May 14. There has been speculation in Montpelier that he will seek elective office this fall, perhaps as a Republican candidate for secretary of state. That office is currently held by Deb Markowitz who is running instead for governor.Gibbs initially joined the Douglas Administration as the governor’s first press secretary, before moving on to the Parks Department post. He previously worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care in public affairs.The letter announcing his resignation follows:Dear Colleague:As the legislative session draws to a close, I write to notify you that I will be stepping down as commissioner effective May 14th to pursue other options.  Above all else, I want to thank you for your extraordinary professionalism, hard work and resilience during a tumultuous time.  Working with, and learning from, each of you has been an amazing experience for which I will always be grateful.  My admiration for FPR and its important work will never fade and you can count on me to be an advocate for the department in the years ahead.Together, we’ve overcome historic challenges.  We focused our entire organization on actions that would help generate economic activity, increase (and diversify) our revenue base and reduce our reliance on tax dollars.  We resolved to be agile and innovative—constantly evaluating changes in our environment—always adapting in ways that maximize our productivity and the value of every dollar that taxpayers invest in us.To be sure, it hasn’t been all peaches and cream.  Our progress wasn’t easy, without difficult decisions or the need for each of us to shoulder more responsibility.  Nevertheless, you rose to the challenge and embraced the opportunity to prove that a government agency is capable of being nimble, innovative, less costly, more productive, and a true partner to private sector economic activity.  I could not be more proud of this organization.Because of your hard work, both the legislative and executive branches regard FPR as a model for other areas of government and are poised to provide us with a level of operational flexibility—and budgetary stability— over the next two fiscal years that is truly unprecedented and does not, in any way, deviate from our core public service and natural resource functions.  In fact, this flexibility and stability is critical to preserving these important functions and our current staffing levels.As FPR moves forward, our state continues to face serious challenges.  We need to rethink, revitalize and reform policies and systems at every level of government, until we are satisfied that they are the best, most efficient, most productive and most valuable policies we can put in place. But because of our efforts, FPR is among the best positioned, and the best prepared, to succeed in this era of change.  Over the next few weeks, my focus will be on wrapping up our legislative priorities and tying up various loose ends.  And, when a replacement has been selected by the Governor and Secretary, I will work to ensure a seamless transition.As always, please feel free to contact me for any reason.  My personal contact information is below.I wish you all the very best for a bright and productive future—please do stay in touch!Sincerely,Jason4.29.2010last_img

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