first_imgNoyes Named Acting Commissioner of Housing and Community AffairsMONTPELIER, Vt. – The former Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development has been named the acting Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs.William Noyes will take charge of the department when acting Commissioner Molly Dugan steps down later this month, according to Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.Dugan, who has been deputy housing commissioner since 2006, has been filling the top slot since former housing commissioner John Hall stepped down this spring.”Bill’s experience within our agency will serve him well in his new role,” said Dorn, whose agency includes both the housing and economic development departments. “He is familiar with the people and the issues and will be able to hit the ground running.”Noyes, 58, of Barre, joined the Department of Economic Development in June 2006 after serving nine years as second in command at the Vermont National Guard under former Adjutant General Martha Rainville.Prior to that, Noyes spent more than 20 years working in the private sector, including managing two radio stations, WSNO-AM and WORK-FM, before joining the Guard full time.”I’m looking forward to working with the staff at Housing and Community Affairs,” Noyes said. “The Community Development Program, Division of Community Planning and Revitalization, and Division for Historic Preservation are all outstanding teams and make valuable contributions to our state.”The Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers programs related to housing; the Downtown and Community Development Block Grant programs; and planning and historic preservation.”Together, we will continue to provide services that will help strengthen Vermont’s downtowns and village centers and build vibrant communities,” Noyes said.Dugan, who worked for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns before joining the agency in 2001, was head of the Vermont Community Development Program before being promoted to DHCA Deputy Commissioner. She is leaving state government to pursue another opportunity.last_img

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