WILKES-BARRE — Having recently celebrated her appointment as full-fledged secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Dallas native Ellen Ferretti was in Wilkes-Barre on Friday for a ceremonial swearing-in administered by state Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens.
Ferretti was sworn in officially Dec. 13 in Harrisburg following Senate approval on Dec. 11.
The informal ceremony with Ferretti’s family and friends was held at Isabella Restaurant and Bar in Wilkes-Barre.
Ferretti, a Wilkes University graduate, who earned her bachelor of science degree in environmental science and biology, stepped up to acting secretary in June. Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Ferretti to fill the role officially on Sept. 20.
Her portfolio includes work as an environmental resources director for the Plains Township engineering firm Borton-Lawson, and working in conservation with the international land-preservation group The Nature Conservancy.
In the Luzerne County region, she helped develop the Open Space and Greenway projects to preserve natural resources and to make them accessible to residents.
She joined the DCNR Citizen’s Advisory Council in 2008 and had been a member until her appointment.