John Hanger, secretary of policy and planning for Gov. Tom Wolf, is leaving the administration to spend more time with his wife and daughter in Massachusetts.
The governor’s office said that Sarah Galbally, who has been deputy secretary for policy and planning, will replace Hanger.
Hanger released a statement saying it had become impossible to do his job and commute regularly to see his family.
“It has been an honor to serve an extraordinary governor and his administration who work tirelessly to make a better Pennsylvania,” Hanger said. “It is difficult to leave, but I cannot be in two places at once.”
“John’s service to my administration has been invaluable, and it is difficult to see John leave his current position,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement. “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.”
Hanger, who ran against Wolf for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014 but dropped out before the primary, is a former commissioner on the state’s Public Utility Commission, serving from 1993 to 1998. While there he advocated for alternative energy programs, customer choice and energy conservation.
He served as founding president from 1998 to 2008 of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, a statewide environmental advocacy organization, and was secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection from 2008 to 2011 in the administration of Gov. Ed Rendell.
Gov. Wolf also said Will Danowski, until now the acting secretary of legislative affairs, will serve in that role permanently.