News for Immediate
Corbett Announces Confirmation of DEP, DCNR Secretaries
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced
that the Senate has confirmed Ellen M. Ferretti as Secretary of the Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources and E. Christopher Abruzzo as Secretary
of the Department of Environmental Protection.
“Secretary Abruzzo and
Secretary Ferretti have both proven they have the abilities and expertise to
lead our departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural
Resources,” Corbett said. “I want to thank the Senate, especially Senator
Scarnati, Senator Pileggi and Chairmen Yaw and Yudichak, for confirming these
Both secretaries were
nominated by Corbett in September.
Ferretti, of Dallas,
Luzerne County, had been serving as deputy secretary for parks and forestry
until she was named acting secretary of the Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources (DCNR) in June.
She has more than 20
years of experience working to protect the state’s natural resources, having
served as the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s director of its northeast
regional office, where she worked closely with DCNR and its partners on
Abruzzo, of Hershey,
Dauphin County, was serving as Corbett’s deputy chief of staff until he was
appointed acting secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
As deputy chief of
staff, he was responsible for overseeing the activities of nearly 20 state
agencies and commissions, including DEP and DCNR. He also served for six years
with the Derry Township Board of Supervisors and the Derry Township Municipal
Authority, which oversees the township’s wastewater systems, interceptor lines,
sewage treatment plant, and the treatment and disposal of industrial waste.
Media contact: Valerie Caras, 717-783-1116