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Wolf admin: DCED Secretary Dennis Davin to resign next month

By: - January 27, 2022 11:08 am

Former Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson are joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and others to announce a grant award for grassroots COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts that will help encourage Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated (Commonwealth Media Services photo).

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin will resign next month, the Wolf administration said Thursday.

Davin, who has served as DCED Secretary for the past seven years, will resign from his post on Feb. 11, the administration said in a statement. 

“I am extremely proud to have worked with Secretary Davin since the first day of this administration in 2015 and his tremendous efforts have helped to expand and attract businesses and bring new jobs to communities across the commonwealth,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in that  statement. “Pennsylvania businesses and workers are fortunate to have had you at the helm of DCED for the past seven years. I thank you for your commitment to grow our state’s economy and to make Pennsylvania a better place to live and do business.”

Wolf said he plans to nominate DCED Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver to serve as acting secretary, following Davin’s departure. 

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Prior to joining the Wolf administration, Davin served as the director of the Allegheny County Economic Development and the Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Pennsylvania,” Davin said. “This administration made investing in our communities and build a strong economy its top priority, and I am proud of everything we have accomplished. We’ve made targeted investments in businesses and communities across the commonwealth, building a foundation for prosperity which no doubt will have lasting impacts for years to come. Thank you to Governor Wolf for the opportunity and thank you to the hardworking team at DCED for your exceptional work in helping our communities and industries flourish.”

The news of Davin’s departure from the Wolf administration comes a month after former acting state health Secretary Alison Beam resigned from her role as the state’s top public health official. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.