Travis N. Gery, Esq.
Commissioner, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
On November 8, 2013, Governor Corbett nominated Travis Gery to be the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs and appointed him Acting Commissioner. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on January 28, 2014. As Commissioner, he carries out the statutory duties set forth in the Administrative Code and is responsible for directing the staff of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs charged with providing administrative support and services to the 29 Licensing Boards and Commissions within the Bureau’s jurisdiction. He also serves as a full, voting member on 27 of the Boards.
Immediately prior to assuming the duties and responsibilities of Commissioner, Travis served as Executive Deputy Chief Counsel to the Department of State. In that role he provided legal advice to the Commissioner on all matters relating to the 29 Boards and Commissions administered by the Bureau. He was also the head of the Bureau’s Legal Office comprised of 38 attorneys assigned to the Prosecution Division, 15 attorneys assigned to the Counsel Division and 41 support staff. As such, he supervised and directed the investigations and prosecutions of licensees for violations of the applicable practice acts and regulations and the provision of legal advice and counsel to the 29 Boards and Commissions.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Deputy Chief Counsel, Travis was a member of a Philadelphia law firm where he litigated civil matters in State and Federal courts. He also has significant experience as a criminal prosecutor at Federal, State and County level. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, a Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General, an Assistant District Attorney in Cumberland County, PA, rising to the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney, and an Assistant District Attorney in Dauphin County.
From 1990 to 1993, while on active duty in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps, he served as Senior Trial Counsel, Senior Defense Counsel, and Head of Civil Law at the Naval Legal Service Office, New London, CT. He is currently a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. He has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal twice, the Navy Commendation Medal twice, and the Meritorious Service Medal twice. He has also been awarded the Naval War College Diploma in National Security and Strategy.
Travis received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1989, graduating with honors. He received his B.A. from Dickinson College in 1986.
He lives in Pottstown, PA with his wife and four children. He has no free time because when not at the office he and his wife are always either at, going to or coming from some gymnastics arena, ball field or other sporting event.
Modified Date: 02/06/2013 03:17 PM