[Madeleine Kunin] said observers might be tempted to read too much into each of herappointees' backgrounds, stressing that she will set policy, not them. For instance, Kunin has said she will try to set limits on the amount of ski area development by strengthening the state's land- use law, Act 250. Leonard Wilson, a former Democratic Party chairman and longtime bureaucrat in state environmental jobs who was appointed secretary of environmental conservation, agreed: "I will be an administrator . . . Kunin will set the policy."
Kunin had to convince her appointees to give up private jobs and take state jobs that pay between $38,000 and $51,000 and are guaranteed only for two years. Similar jobs in most states pay more and last for four to six years. Several top appointees said they at first turned down Kunin but reconsideredbecause they were impressed by the amount of enthusiasm surrounding Kunin.
- Gretchen Morse, 41, of Charlotte, former Republican chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, head of the Human Services Agency. Critics have said Morse has no management experience to prepare her to lead the state's largest agency, with 2631 employees and a $289 million budget. Kunin said Morse has a "fresh perspective." Kunin appointed James O'Rourke, a 25-year agency veteran, to be Morse's deputy.