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NO. R-426.  House concurrent resolution honoring Christopher L Dutton on his career accomplishments at Green Mountain Power Corporation.


Offered by:  Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Adams of Hartland, Aswad of Burlington, Branagan of Georgia, Canfield of Fair Haven, Condon of Colchester, Dostis of Waterbury, Errecart of Shelburne, Howard of Rutland City, Keenan of St. Albans City, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Partridge of Windham, Peterson of Williston, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Symington of Jericho and Winters of Williamstown

Offered by:  Senators Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Kitchel, Mazza, Miller and Snelling

Whereas, during the past quarter century, the administrative, distribution, and generation issues related to electric power in Vermont have evolved in new and previously unanticipated directions, and

Whereas, Christopher Dutton, through his 23-year association with the Green Mountain Power (GMP) in Colchester, has been a leader in the electric power industry as it has retooled to meet new economic, environmental, and regulatory challenges, and

Whereas, he grew up in Ohio and earned a law degree at Vanderbilt University Law School, and

Whereas, following law school graduation, Chris Dutton served in the United States Air Force’s Judge Advocate Corps and moved to Vermont in the middle 1980s, settling in Shelburne, and

Whereas, Chris Dutton joined the staff of Green Mountain Power in 1985 as vice president and general counsel, serving in both these positions with distinction for the next decade, and

Whereas, a decade later, in 1995, he was promoted to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer and focused his attention on the company’s fiscal affairs, and

Whereas, in 1997, GMP’s board of directors recognized Chris Dutton’s singular administrative talents and in‑depth knowledge of the electric generation industry, especially in Vermont, and named him the company’s president and chief executive officer, and

Whereas, the challenge Chris Dutton soon confronted was enormous as the company teetered on bankruptcy, but he applied his experience as chief financial officer and insightful leadership to the task at hand, and GMP came through its financial crisis with its fiscal ledgers restored to good order, and

Whereas, Chris Dutton was then able to turn his attention to the company’s 21st-century mission, overseeing the groundwork for making both the company and the power it generates for Vermonters more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable, and

Whereas, GMP established the choose2bgreen program, enabling its customers to become carbon‑neutral in their energy consumption, and the company has active efforts under way to reduce the carbon footprint of its transportation and office operations, and

Whereas, in 2006, acknowledging Chris Dutton’s leadership of GMP, the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility named GMP the Large Company Leader of the Year, and

Whereas, outside GMP, Chris Dutton has served on the Chittenden County United Way board of directors and on local school boards, and

Whereas, in August 2008, after an illustrious career at GMP, Chris Dutton will conclude his decade of service as the company’s president and chief executive officer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors Christopher Dutton for his career accomplishments at Green Mountain Power Corporation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Christopher Dutton at Green Mountain Power in Colchester.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont