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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Gibbs to Head State Department of Natural Resources

Dan Gibbs

Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs is selected to serve as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Contact: County Commissioner Dan Gibbs: 970-333-4707

SUMMIT COUNTY – Gov. Jared Polis has announced that Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs will serve as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the principal department of the Colorado state government responsible for the development, protection and enhancement of Colorado natural resources, for the benefit and enjoyment of the state's current and future residents and visitors.

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is home to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center; the Division of Forestry; the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety; the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Colorado Parks and Wildlife; the State Land Board; the Colorado Water Conservation Board; and the Division of Water Resources.

The governor made the announcement Wednesday, Jan. 9, in conjunction with three other cabinet appointment announcements.

"I'm so honored to be selected for this incredibly important work," Gibbs said. "Colorado's unique natural resources are so integral to our identity as a state, and I can't overstate how humbling it is to be joining the dedicated team that's tasked with guiding our collective stewardship of these resources."

Within the coming weeks, Gibbs will go before the Colorado Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for a confirmation hearing. Pending committee approval, the full Senate will vote on confirmation.

Because Gibbs is a registered Democrat, his successor for Summit County Commissioner District 1 will be named by a Democratic vacancy committee, comprised of Summit County Democratic elected officials and party officers. The committee will convene following the announcement of the vacancy of Gibbs's seat, pending his resignation. The vacancy committee will interview applicants from District 1 and make an appointment.

"Dan will be sorely missed here in Summit County, but we couldn't be more excited to have him at the Department of Natural Resources," Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. "Dan's knowledge of and respect for our land, air, water and wildlife make him an amazing fit for this vital role in Colorado."


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