- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov.-elect Tom Wolf nominated the first two members of his prospective Cabinet on Monday, citing the state’s $2 billion-plus budget deficit and sluggish job growth as he named two government veterans to head the departments of Revenue and Community and Economic Development.

Wolf, a Democrat who’s slated be sworn into office Jan. 20, tapped Eileen McNulty as the secretary of revenue - the state’s chief tax collector - and Dennis Davin as secretary of community and economic development, which provides grants and low-interest loans to companies that promise to create or retain jobs.

Both nominees have more than two decades of experience in their respective fields, Wolf said.

“Each will bring a unique background and a fresh perspective to my administration,” he said.

Davin, 52, is currently the director of Allegheny County Economic Development. He helped lead development of “Allegheny Places,” the county’s first comprehensive plan for land use, transportation, housing, job creation, infrastructure and greenways. He also serves as director of several county authorities and previously worked at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

McNulty, 62, served a four-year stint as revenue secretary during Gov. Robert P. Casey’s administration and three years as the department’s executive deputy secretary in Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration. She also has served as the chief financial officer for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and worked in the state budget office.

Both nominations will require confirmation by a majority of the state Senate.

The positions carry an annual salary of $145,000 this year.

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