Last updated: October 26. 2013 12:37AM - 3913 Views
ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com

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A Northeastern Pennsylvania resident has taken an administrative position at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which is led by a fellow resident of this region.

Acting DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti on Friday appointed Brian L. Grove as the department’s deputy secretary for administration effective Monday. Grove most recently worked as the senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy’s Marcellus Shale office in Towanda.

Grove, of Tunkhannock, previously served as chief of staff to state Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township. Prior to his work with Baker, he served in the administrations of former Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. From 1995 to 1998, he was deputy director of the Governor’s Northeast Office in Wilkes-Barre. In Harrisburg, Grove served as deputy director of operations for Gov. Ridge from 1999 to 2000, and director of the Office of Public Liaison for Govs. Ridge and Schweiker from 2000 to 2002.

Ferretti, of Dallas, made the appointment announcement on Friday. Ferretti had been serving as deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry until earlier this summer when she was named acting secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Her nomination as secretary is under consideration in the state Senate.

Ferretti accepted the post as acting secretary in June after Gov. Tom Corbett asked for and received former Secretary Rick Allan’s resignation. Allan is a Wilkes-Barre native.

Christina Novak, the DCNR spokeswoman, said Grove replaces John Giordano, who left in July ago to take a position as the assistant commissioner for compliance and enforcement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She said the hiring process included interviews with perspective candidates but Ferretti made the ultimate decision in consultation with the governor’s office.

Grove will oversee the department’s budget, human resources and information technology aspects, Novak said. Efforts to reach Grove were not successful on Friday.

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