Torres to Aging, Boockvar to take over State as Wolf makes second term cabinet switches

Torres to Aging, Boockvar to take over State as Wolf makes second term cabinet switches

Author: Stephen Caruso/Monday, December 31, 2018/Categories: News and Views

With a second term under his belt, Gov. Tom Wolf made a few minor cabinet shuffles ahead of the new year.

The biggest switch is Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres moving to take over as Secretary of Aging. Torres worked in the health field under former Gov. Ed Rendell as well as an executive for Capital Blue Cross.

Outgoing Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne is being nominated for the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission.

To replace Torres, Kathy Boockvar will be nominated as the new Secretary of State. Boockvar currently serves as an election modernization advisor within the department. She also served as chief counsel to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and was a Democratic candidate for Congress in 2012.

Wolf also brought on a former CFO of the Wolf Organization, Michael Newsome, to be his new Secretary of Administration. He is replacing Sharon Minnich, who is joining PASSHE.

The governor also named Randy Padfield as the acting director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, replacing retiring director Rick Flinn, and Meg Snead the Secretary of Policy and Planning. Snead takes over from Sarah Galbally, who is taking a job in Philadelphia.

The shuffles join with one announced earlier this month, as Budget Secretary Randy Albright left the position to take on a special adviser role with SERS. He’ll be replaced by Jen Swails.

Stephen Caruso is the Harrisburg bureau chief at The PLS Reporter. Have a question, comment or tip? Email him at or call at 845-891-4306.