Patricia S. Walton

Patricia S. Walton
Patricia S. Walton

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Business, Government / Politics

Notable Facts

Served the Vermont state government in a variety of ways, including positions such as Deputy Secretary of Administration, Chief Fiscal Officer of the Joint Fiscal Office, and Commissioner of Finance and Management.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

01/03/1943

Date of Death

07/10/1994

Primary Residence

Waterbury

Religion

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Mormon

Historical Significance

Patricia Walton served the Vermont state government in a variety of ways, including positions such as Deputy Secretary of Administration, Chief Fiscal Officer of the Joint Fiscal Office, and Commissioner of Finance and Information Support.

Patricia Walton was born in Durham, North Carolina, and received a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Durham, North Carolina. Her working career began as a business manager of a research facility and as an administrator of a mental health center. She and her husband, A. James Walton, moved to Vermont in 1976 and Walton took a position as an accountant for a school district. She transitioned to state government in 1980, when Walton served as chief accountant for the state Social and Rehabilitation Services Department. For three years, she was a fiscal analyst in the Human Services Agency and then became deputy commissioner of the state Mental Health Department. In 1985, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Walton Commissioner of Finance and Information Support, which was merged into the Department of Finance and Management in 1987. In 1990, Walton became the Chief fiscal officer of the Joint Fiscal Office, but she left in 1992 to become Vice-President for fiscal operations of the Vermont Visiting Nurse Association. Walton was lured back to government in 1993 and became the Deputy Secretary of Administration for the state, the position she held until her untimely death from a blood clot following knee surgery on July 10, 1994.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont State Government

Occupations

  • Commissioner of Finance and Management
  • Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health
  • Accountant
  • Deputy Secretary of Administration
  • Chief Fiscal Officer of the Joint Fiscal Office
  • Chief accountant for the state Social and Rehabilitation Services Department
  • Fiscal Analyst in the Human Services Agency
  • Vice-President for fiscal operations of the Vermont Visiting Nurse Association

Education

  • BS in Business Administration and MPA in Public Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Cheng, Barbara. Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development. Burlington, VT: Trinity College, 1988.

  • "Stone Named to Agriculture Post." Burlington Free Press [Montpelier]01Feb1985: B1.

  • Bazilchuk, Nancy. "Clot after surgery killed Walton." Burlington Free Press 02July1994: B3.

  • "Legislature's fiscal officer to leave post." Burlington Free Press 14May1992: B1.

  • "Waterbury Woman takes state post." Burlington Free Press 19June1993: B4.