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Corbett asks Senate to confirm acting heads of DCNR, DEP to run agencies on permanent basis

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Gov. Tom Corbett on Friday sent the Senate his nominees to head two state agencies, in both cases seeking confirmation of the acting secretaries.

The Republican governor nominated Ellen M. Ferretti to lead the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Christopher Abruzzo at the Department of Environmental Protection.

Ferretti, 56, a resident of Dallas, Pennsylvania, is a previous deputy secretary for parks and forestry. She has been acting secretary since June and has previous job experience with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, The Nature Conservancy, Borton-Lawson Engineering and Westinghouse Environmental and Geotechnical Services Inc.

In a news release, Corbett said Ferretti’s experience with state parks and forests would help her as secretary.

Abruzzo, 46, of Hershey, had been a deputy chief of staff under Corbett, overseeing about 20 agencies and commissions. He also was a prosecutor with the attorney general’s office, which Corbett led before his election as governor.

Corbett said Abruzzo was instrumental in many of his environmental initiatives.

Senate confirmation requires a simple majority of the 50 senators.

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