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Haskell: From PR to deputy secretary at ANR

Gov. Jim Douglas promoted a couple of environmental staff members today.

Justin Johnson, who has served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, was named commissioner, replacing Laura Pelosi, who left state government in May. That move was not a big surprise.

This one was. Sabina Haskell, the Agency of Natural Resources communications director, was appointed deputy secretary of the agency. She replaces John Sayles, who left state government in March.

You can read more about it in Friday's Free Press.

- Terri Hallenbeck

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This is all great news for journalism majors! It seems to be a short jump from journalism to environmentalism. Wonder what the trained environmentalist think about that?
Unbelievable - the Douglas administration is slowly and carefully promoting and moving his spokespeople into higher paid positions to protect them from potentially being axed by the legislature.
This is incredible and shows how the Douglas administration works.

Putting people into positions without any qualifications.

What environmental experience or resume does Haskell have - only that she was a media person who actually wrote editorials against the Governor.

This is clearly a way for the governor to BUY off his detractors.
Lotsa whining going on here.
"Putting people into positions without any qualifications."

Stop your hypocritical whining. You do the same thing eveytime you vote for your representatives in the Legislature.
"Putting people into positions without any qualifications."

They're elected, not appointed.

Big difference.

They're not just appointed because they're loyal doogies.
Not a big difference. No difference at all. Electing unqualified people to the legislature and then complaining that the Gov. appoints an unqualified person to an administration position is partisan hypocrisy. Period.

There are probably 25 real college degrees in the entire legislature. And a degree in "social work" from JSC doesn't count.
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