|Name||Cornelius "Con" Hogan|
Plainfield, Vermont , United States
Apr 01, 2013 01:22pm
Caucasian - Married - Straight -
|Info||Throughout my professional life, I have brought people together to find common ground for the common good. My parents instilled in me a strong sense of duty and possibility. |
Starting out as a corrections officer in New Jersey, I learned quickly what could happen to youth and their families when community and family supports are not in place. I worked in a variety of positions in the prison system, graduating from Rutgers University in 1964 and earning my master’s degree in government administration at the Wharton School in 1972.
Nearly 30 years ago, I came to Vermont to work in Governor Deane Davis’s administration as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections. Like many young couples, my wife Jeannette and I were visiting friends in Vermont when we decided we wanted to raise our family here. I want to make sure future generations of Vermonters continue to enjoy the opportunities and natural beauty that define Green Mountain life. Our ability to enjoy this beauty is increasingly dependent on a healthy economy, just as our healthy economy is increasingly dependent upon Vermont’s natural beauty.
When Governor Tom Salmon succeeded Deane Davis, I continued to serve the state. I worked closely on the closing of the Windsor State Prison, at that time the oldest operating prison in the United States. In 1976, Deane Davis encouraged my family and business partners to open East Hill Farm in Plainfield, a family riding center. Twenty-five years later, our daughter and her husband work with us, and our son and his family have built a house nearby. Like a growing number of Vermonters, he uses the Internet to go to work, with his employer outside Boston.
East Hill Farm has introduced hundreds of children and adults to horses, and September 8 we hosted our 23rd Bluegrass Barbecue, which annually benefits the 4-H program.
Governor Richard Snelling named me Commissioner of Corrections, a position I held until 1979, when I went to work for International Coins and Currencies. A year later, I was appointed President and CEO, just before ICC filed for bankruptcy. In a shaky economy with 18 percent inflation, I cut costs and reorganized the company. ICC survives today.
Taking office again in 1990, Governor Snelling drafted me to join his transition team, “for 90 days.” We estimated that if spending remained unchanged, the state would be short at least $260 million in the next 30 months. He asked me to take on the responsibility of the Agency of Human Services and become its Secretary. Upon Governor Snelling’s sudden death, his cabinet remained under Howard Dean. My envisioned 90 days of service stretched to nine years, marked by major reforms of many programs serving people and families in need.
We helped communities and government work together and we measured their successes. We transformed Welfare into Workfare, lowered child abuse, and helped people stay out of nursing homes. By getting local leaders to focus on the issue from several standpoints, we contributed to reducing teen pregnancy to the lowest rate in the US.
Since 1999, I’ve worked as a consultant in six nations and many US states and cities, helping human service organizations achieve their goals. This work has focused on the well-being of children, families and communities, and has solidified my desire to strengthen Vermont life. I ask for your support as I seek to be elected Vermont’s next governor.