- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is leaving state government to return to Vermont Law School.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Thursday that, on Aug. 10, Commissioner David Mears would be leaving the post he has held since shortly after Shumlin took office in 2011. Mears will return to the law school as the director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.

He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Alyssa Schuren.

Shumlin, who is not seeking re-election next year, also announced that Deputy Chief of Staff Alyson Richards will leave on July 24 and that Jon Copans has been appointed to serve as deputy commissioner at the Public Service Department, filling the vacant position that was held by Gov. Shumlin’s chief of staff, Darren Springer.

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This story has been corrected to show the head of the Department of Environmental Conservation is leaving, not the head of the Agency of Natural Resources.

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