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New Executive Director of CO DNR Named

October 27, 2009

[Source: Denver Business Journal]

Jim Martin has been named the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Martin currently is head of the Department of Public Health and Environment. His appointment is effective Nov. 16.

He will succeed Harris Sherman, who has been appointed as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for natural resources and environment, overseeing the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“Jim has proven himself time and time again as a strong leader and innovative policy maker,” Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said Monday in announcing the appointment. “Colorado will be well-served by the depth and breadth of his subject-matter expertise on the issues critical to the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, including public lands, water and energy. His leadership style is one of consensus-building and problem-solving, and he has broad respect among stakeholders and a great record of public service.”

Environment Colorado issued a statement applauding Martin’s appointment.

“Gov. Ritter has picked a tremendous choice to head-up the Colorado Department of Natural Resources,” said Environment Colorado spokesman Matt Garrington. “Martin has worked tirelessly to protect our air and water quality.”

Martin was executive director of Western Resource Advocates from 2004 to 2006, and previously was director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado Law School.

He was senior attorney and director of the energy program for Environmental Defense, and from 1986 to 1992 worked for former U.S. Rep. and Sen. Tim Wirth, including four years as state director and counsel.

Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Knox College in Illinois and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

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