Christopher Dutton, the former head of Green Mountain Power, has been named to lead the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA). Governor Jim Douglas, Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin announced the appointment today. The VTA was established by the Legislature in 2007 as part of Governor Douglas proposal to make Vermont the nation s first e-state. Its mission is to build infrastructure enabling affordable broadband and cellular service everywhere in the State. VTA is authorized to issue up to $40 million in revenue bonds to finance the infrastructure required. I want to thank Chris for taking on this important task, said Governor Douglas. Under Chris leadership, I m confident that we will complete the VTA s vital mission of making broadband and cellular service available everywhere in the State; this is both a social and an economic imperative. I am pleased that Chris will be leading this important effort, said Speaker Shap Smith. I am certain that with his leadership, Vermonters will soon see broadband and cellular service available throughout the state. Providing broadband and cellular service to all Vermonters is vital to Vermont s economy, said Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin. Under Chris direction, I am confident the VTA will meet this goal.Christopher L. Dutton, 59, retired from Green Mountain Power Corporation in 2008, where he had served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 1997. Mr. Dutton remains a member of the Company s Board of Directors. He had been Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of GMP since 1995 and was the Company s General Counsel and Vice President for the previous ten years.Chris practiced law as a partner in a Canton, Ohio law firm before coming to Green Mountain Power in 1984. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He has practiced law in Tennessee, Ohio and Vermont, and served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Air Force.Chris has served on a number of boards in his community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Electric Power Company, and serves as chair of Fletcher Allen Health Care board. He serves as a member of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees and has served as Chair of the Chittenden South Supervisory School District, as a member of the Champlain Valley Union High School Board of Directors and the Regional Technical Academy Committee; and as a director of the Chittenden County United Way and as a director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.Chris and his wife, Ann, live in Shelburne and have two adult children. Source: Governor’s office. July 17, 2009.