Tayt Brooks Named Deputy Commissioner of Housing & Community Affairs

first_imgTayt Brooks Named Deputy Commissioner of Housing & Community AffairsMONTPELIER, Vt. A longtime advocate for the home construction industry has been named the new Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs.Tayt Brooks takes over the second slot at the department following the departure of interim commissioner Molly Dugan, who left earlier this fall to take a position with Cathedral Square Corporation.”I’m very pleased to have Tayt join our team at this time,” said Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn, whose agency includes DHCA. “His knowledge of housing issues and familiarity with many of the stakeholders in this arena will be invaluable as we work to address Vermonts housing challenges.”Dorn cited Brooks’ experience working with the Legislature during the consideration of both the Growth Centers and New Neighborhoods bills. DHCA has the responsibility for administering both of these important programs.Brooks, 33, was born and raised in St. Albans and after graduating from Bellows Free Academy in 1993, he enrolled at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he earned a B.A. in history with a Canadian studies minor.Since June Brooks has served as Executive Director for the Vermont Republican Party. Prior to that, he spent five years as the Government Affairs Director for the Home Builders’ & Remodelers’ Association of Northern Vermont.The move comes a week after the administration of Gov. Jim Douglas announced its intention to merge the Departments of Economic Development and Housing and Community Affairs, and that Betsy Bishop, currently Douglas’ Deputy Chief of Staff, would be appointed Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development.Bishop is slated to lead the initiative to merge the two departments into the new Department of Economic and Community Development, a move that will result in the elimination of one commissioners position and a roughly $100,000 savings.More at: www.dca.state.vt.us(link is external)###last_img

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