MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services is leaving state service, officials said.

Chris Cole will be stepping down on Aug. 21. He served as secretary of Vermont Transportation Agency under former Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, and in 2017 was appointed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott to lead the Building and General Services Department.

“Commissioner Cole has been a valued member of our team and he will be missed,” said Administration Secretary Susanne Young in a written statement this week. “Chris led BGS through meaningful organizational and modernization changes and was critical to the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the State worked to build its medical capacity and supplies.”

Cole said it was a honor to lead the department and he is grateful to Scott for allowing him to serve in his administration.

Deputy Commissioner Jennifer M.V. Fitch will serve as acting commissioner until a new commissioner is appointed.