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(J.R.H. 152)

Offered by: Representatives Fox of Essex, Poirier of Barre City and Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Cornelius "Con" Hogan arrived in Vermont from his native New Jersey after completing his undergraduate education at Rutgers University and earning a master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, he commenced his Vermont state government career in 1972 as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, subsequently assuming the helm of that department from 1977 until 1979, and

Whereas, after a decade's tenure in the private sector, as president and director of the International Coins and Currency Company, Con Hogan was invited to join Governor Richard Snelling's 1990 transition team as it prepared for the former governor's return to state government leadership in 1991, and

Whereas, impressed with the work that Con performed on behalf of the 1990 gubernatorial transition team, and remembering his superb work as commissioner of the Department of Corrections, the newly-reelected governor nominated Con to be Secretary of Human Services, one of the most critical positions in state government, and

Whereas, after the sudden death of Governor Snelling in August 1991, Governor Howard Dean asked Secretary Hogan to remain on the job where, for the next eight years, he continued to perform his duties in an exemplary manner, and

Whereas, Con Hogan will perhaps be best remembered for his pioneer work in developing and implementing Vermont's welfare reform program that has significantly reduced case loads and opened new life opportunities for thousands of Vermonters, and

Whereas, a multi-talented individual, Con Hogan is the enthusiastic leader of a blue grass band that has entertained thousands of appreciative listeners, including Farmer's Night audiences in the State House, and

Whereas, in October 1999, at age 58, a still young Con Hogan decided to relinquish the reins of authority at the Agency of Human Services in order to enjoy other aspects of life, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Cornelius Hogan on his outstanding service as Secretary of the Agency of Human Services and wishes him the very best in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Cornelius Hogan.