Gibbs Appointed Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation

first_imgGibbs Appointed Commissioner of Forests, Parks and RecreationMontpelier, Vt. November 12, 2008 – Secretary of Natural Resources Jonathan Wood has announced that Jason Gibbs will be the next Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation (FPR).Secretary Wood said Gibbs’ policy knowledge, experience in government, communication skills and passion for Vermont’s natural resources will serve the state well. “Jason’s expertise, creativity and ability to manage many issues will be a valuable asset to the agency and FPR, and we look forward to welcoming him to our team,” Wood said.”FPR is a department with a highly skilled staff and experienced natural resources professionals on its management team. Jason’s leadership skills will be a great match with that team,” Wood said.Gibbs has been Governor Douglas’ Press Secretary and Communications Director since 2003. He also currently serves as the Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and the governor’s liaison to the National Governors Association, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and the Agency of Natural Resources.”Jason is smart, energetic and experienced in the intricacies of policy and government,” Governor Douglas said. “Most importantly, he is knowledgeable and passionate about Vermont’s natural resources and wholly dedicated to serving the people of Vermont. Jason’s talents will be a great fit at the Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.”The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) is responsible for the conservation and management of Vermont’s forest resources, the operation and maintenance of the state park system, and the promotion and support of outdoor recreation for Vermonters and visitors. In addition, FPR is responsible for the acquisition, planning, coordination and administration of all Agency of Natural Resources lands.Gibbs’ appointment is effective November 23, 2008.ABOUT JASON GIBBSA native of Forestdale, Vermont, Gibbs, 32, graduated from Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he earned a degree in Political Science.Gibbs is an Eagle Scout, avid outdoorsman, snowboarding coach and adventure racer who hikes, bikes, climbs, paddles and snowboards as often as his schedule permits.Early in his career Gibbs worked for the Alliance for Small Contractors, a nonprofit organization offering business development and public policy consultation to small businesses owned by women and minorities. He was later appointed Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston, where he worked with local and national media, managed public outreach activity, and conducted all policy-level briefings.Gibbs returned to Vermont in the spring of 2001 to work in the Office of Communication and Public Affairs at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He later joined the campaign of Jim Douglas for Governor as a communications consultant and the candidate’s aide. Following the election, Gibbs was appointed Press Secretary and Communications Director and has served as liaison to a variety of state agencies and departments and as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs.Jason lives in Duxbury with his wife of 7 years, Amy Gibbs, and their daughter Addison.###last_img

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