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Administration personnel changes announced: Shumlin names “chief performance officer”

The Shumlin administration has added a “chief performance officer” to its team and filled a vacant “special assistant” position who will be a legislative liaison for the governor.

Susan Zeller is leaving her post as deputy commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management to take the chief performance officer position with the Agency of Administration. Zeller’s duty will be to oversee the state’s transition to “performance-based budgeting,” and her salary will be $92,744.

Though Zeller’s position is brand new, a news release from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding said that the position is “being shifted from a vacancy in the Department of Finance and Management.”

Zeller’s replacement as deputy commissioner, Sarah Clark, previously served as the financial and administrative manager for the Department of Corrections. Clark will make $88,802.

Rep. Peter Welch’s former communications director, Scott Coriell, has been tapped as Shumlin’s special assistant, a position that sat vacant during the last legislative session after Susan Bartlett left to take a position in the Agency of Human Services. Coriell’s salary is $63,000.

Coriell’s brother, Dave, worked for Shumlin’s Republican predecessor, Jim Douglas.


Alicia Freese

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Alicia Freese is VTDigger's political and education reporter. After receiving a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., she worked as a media associate at ReThink Media, an organization building communications capacity amongst progressive foreign policy organizations. While out West, she also wrote for Bay Nature Magazine, a publication covering environmental news in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by the investigative reporting she observed in the foreign policy arena, but eager to return to her home state and re-immerse herself in Vermont politics, she naturally ended up at VTDigger’s doorstep.

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