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Pa. Gov. Wolf adviser Hanger leaving administration

| Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, 10:03 a.m.

One of Gov. Tom Wolf's closest advisers is leaving the administration to spend more time with his family.

John Hanger, the secretary of policy and planning, will return to Worcester, Massachusetts, where his wife, a vice provost at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and daughter live.

“John's service to my administration has been invaluable, and it is difficult to see John leave his current position. I have known John for many years and I am glad that John will continue to provide me the benefit of his counsel and expertise in the years ahead,” Wolf said in a statement.

Hanger previously served as secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection under former Gov. Ed Rendell and was a former member of the state Public Utility Commission. He joined Wolf's administration last year after initially running against him for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2014.

“Commuting regularly to and from Massachusetts and doing my demanding job has become impossible. At this point, it is important to place first my wife of 36 years and my remarkable daughter who have supported me in my work.

Sarah Galbally, Hanger's deputy, will replace him.

“Sarah has been a key advisor for more than two and a half years,” Wolf said. “She has served ably as John's deputy, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”

In addition, Wolf also announced that Will Danowski, the acting secretary of legislative affairs, will now serve in the role permanently.

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