Shumlin names Peterson as Tax Commissioner, Duffy to be HR Commissioner and Ide to stay at DMV
Governor-elect Peter Shumlin today announced the appointments of Vermont’s next Tax Commissioner, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and Commissioner of Human Resources. Mary Peterson will be Tax Commissioner, Kate Duffy will be Commissioner of Human Resources and Robert Ide will remain as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.‘Mary has the skills and experience to ensure that we implement a tax system that grows wealth and grows jobs,’ said Shumlin. ‘I am grateful that she has agreed to take on this important challenge.’YouTube Video courtesy of vtdigger.org (story and more videos)Mary Peterson served six years (2002-2008) in the Vermont House of Representatives. She was Clerk of the Ways & Means Committee for all three terms, involved in numerous major tax bills in that time. Prior to serving in the House, she was Chair of the Williston Selectboard, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. She returned to private legal practice in 2008 with the Burlington firm of Spink & Miller, having worked previously as an attorney with the Department of Public Service and a Boston, Massachusetts, law firm. As commissioner, Mary’s salary will be approximately $85,000.‘I am honored that Rob has agreed to stay on as Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles,’ said Shumlin. ‘Rob is a 7th generation Vermonter and long time small business owner who has successfully brought his business skills to state government.’Robert Ide is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. He is a graduate of Danville High School, Vermont Technical College, and the University of Vermont. He was employed in his family’s feed and grain business in St. Johnsbury, where he was President of the corporation during the divestiture of the Ide family feed stores. In 1992, Rob was elected to the Vermont State Senate, a position he held until March of 2003 when he resigned his Senate seat in order to accept the appointment as Vermont’s Director of Energy Efficiency in the administration of Governor Douglas. In June 2008, Rob transferred from the Department of Public Service to head the Rail Division of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. And, on August 18, 2009, he started his tenure as Vermont’s Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. As Commissioner of the DMV, Rob’s salary will be approximately $91,000.‘As Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources, Kate has done a fantastic job and I am thrilled that she will now be taking on the role of Commissioner,’ said Shumlin. ‘Kate’s expertise and knowledge of state government will be critical in this difficult economic time as we work to boost the morale of state workers and ensure they can fulfill their duties to Vermonters.’Kate is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources. Prior to this, she was Vermont’s Assistant Attorney General from 2004 until 2010. Kate attended George Washington Law School and resides in Williston. As Commissioner of Human Resources, Kate’s salary will be approximately $82,000.