State’s environmental, energy chief takes private sector job

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton is stepping down after more than five years in the post.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday that Beaton will be replaced this week by Kathleen Theoharides (THEE’-oh-har-eh-deez), who currently serves as undersecretary for climate change.

Baker credited Beaton for spearheading several initiatives during his tenure, including Massachusetts’ largest procurements of offshore wind and hydropower, and for environmental conservation and preservation efforts.

The former Republican state representative from Shrewsbury has accepted a position as senior vice president for renewable energy and emerging technology as Lowell-based TRC Companies.

Baker lauded Theoharides for working with cities and towns to develop plans for adapting to challenges posed by climate change. She’s a native of Hamden, Massachusetts who now lives in Arlington.

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