Quinn announces appointees for state director positions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has announced three of his appointments for director positions within his administration.

According to a release, Quinn has appointed Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, or IDPH, David Vaught as the director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, or DCEO, and Jerry Stermer as the acting director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, or GOMB.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck, who will strengthen Illinois with his global public health expertise,” Quinn said in the release. “David Vaught and Jerry Stermer are both proven leaders with innovative ideas to create jobs and economic growth,” he said.

La Mar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH previously served as the public health director and commissioner of mental health in New York. Before becoming commissioner, Hasbrouck spent 11 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, working in the epidemic intelligence service. Hasbrouck earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s of public health from of the University of California, Berkeley, and received his medical degree from the Drew School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

David Vaught, an attorney and financial analyst, previously served as the director of the GOMB since 2009. As a small business owner, Vaught will now oversee the state agency centered on improving and growing the state economy through outreach and a wide variety of job growth initiatives. Vaught is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law, and studied engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Jerry Stermer previously served as Quinn’s chief of staff since 2009. Stermer has been involved in the budget for the past three years and has had a large role in negotiations with the Illinois General Assembly and party leaders, where he helped to pass major legislation with Quinn’s support. At GOMB, Stermer will continue to work on budget negotiations with the General Assembly, and work on pensions and the restructuring on the state’s Medicaid program. Stermer earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2002, Sterner has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Those appointed by Quinn started their new positions on Monday, April 2.