ShareThis Page

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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.