LePage Announces Chemical Industry Lobbyist His Choice for DEP Commish

Posted on September 12, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Fox guarding the hen house?
 Here is the official press release from the governor’s office: 

Governor Selects Acting Commissioner Aho for Permanent Role as Agency Head
For Immediate Release: Friday, September 09, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett

Augusta, Maine – Pattie Aho has been nominated by Governor Paul LePage to lead the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Aho, who has served as acting commissioner since June replaces previous Acting Commissioner and longtime Maine DEP Air Bureau Director, Jim Brooks. Prior to becoming acting commissioner Aho was appointed as deputy commissioner in April.

Patti has been an important leader in making the DEP a stronger and more effective, ‘customer-friendly’ agency,” said Governor LePage. “We can ensure sustainable economic development in Maine through a balanced stewardship of the state’s natural resources and she has already started to make that happen in her role as acting commissioner,” added the Governor.

A native of Boothbay Harbor who graduated from Nasson College and earned a law degree from Western New England College, Aho has been in the forefront of environmental advocacy for over 25 years and has been active on many of the critical issues facing Maine, including energy efficiency, greenhouse gas and petroleum regulation.

Admitted to the Maine Bar, she most recently served as an attorney at Pierce Atwood and as acting commissioner has been serving as Maine DEP’s primary liaison with both the Maine Legislature and the Governor’s Office, as well as representing the agency on several state and regional committees.

The Maine Senate is expected to vote on Aho’s nomination upon returning to the State House during a special session September 27, 2011.

Aho lives in Newcastle with her husband, Ron, and has a lengthy commitment to community service, having served on town boards and committees in both Boothbay Harbor and Newcastle and on the boards of the Lincoln County Community Theater and Orchestra and the Maine Tourism Association.

She has also been honored with the prestigious Athena Award from the Kennebec County Chamber of Commerce for her advocacy on behalf of the business community.

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