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Corbett taps Mackereth to head Public Welfare

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Governor Tom Corbett has nominated Beverly Mackereth to be Pennsylvania's next secretary of the Department of Public Welfare.

Mackereth has been acting secretary of the department since February 15, when former secretary Gary Alexander resigned to pursue unspecified opportunities in the private sector and to spend more time with his wife and children in Rhode Island.

"Bev's energy and compassion, combined with her experience in human services and expertise in government, make her the perfect choice for this position," Corbett said in a news release. "Bev has been successfully managing the department in an acting capacity and I am confident she will continue to serve the commonwealth exceptionally well."

Mackereth, of Spring Grove, joined the department in 2011 when the governor appointed her deputy secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. She has previously represented York County in the state House of Representatives.

The nomination requires confirmation by the Pennsylvania Senate.

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