Sarah Kim, the top deputy and attorney in the state Treasurer’s Office, has been named the new chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the Boston Globe reports. Kim follows former chair Steve Hoffman who resigned late last month.
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg appointed Kim on Monday as interim chair and the agency held its first meeting under her tenure on Thursday. Kim told the reporter she does not intend to seek the permanent position.
“[Goldberg] reached out to me knowing I had been part of the initial efforts way back when the ballot initiative was in process. She wanted to make sure [Hoffman’s resignation] didn’t cause any disruption.” – Kim to the Globe
In a statement, Goldberg said Kim was right for the job because of her “extensive leadership experience and knowledge about the standards, goals, and operations of the commission, as well as perspective on necessary steps as we progress in the implementation of good policies in Massachusetts.”
Under state law, the state treasurer is tasked with appointing a member of the commission who comes with corporate management, finance, or securities experience, and for designating its chair.
During the meeting, Kim abstained from voting on any substantive matters saying she did not have enough time to review the materials and that she is “still getting to know the agency and the issues it’s grappling with.”
Goldberg’s office is seeking a permanent chair.