Governor Ritter appoints Mike King to head up the Colorado Department of Natural Resources

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Here’s the release from Governor Ritter (Theo Stein/Evan Dreyer):

Gov. Bill Ritter today announced he has appointed Mike King as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. King, a native of Montrose, has served in a variety of roles in the department since 1999, most recently as deputy director for the past four years. He also was an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office from 1993 to 1999.

“Mike is a strong, steady leader with a sharp understanding of natural resource issues,” Gov. Ritter said. “He approaches problem-solving with a commitment to treating people fairly and bringing people with opposing viewpoints together to find common ground. As a native Coloradan, Mike knows it’s the little things and the big things that make this state so special. I am confident that under his leadership the department will continue to manage and protect Colorado’s rich natural resources for the benefit of this and future generations.”

King earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989, a law degree from the University of Denver in 1992 and a master’s in public administration from CU-Denver in 1998. An avid hunter and angler, King lives in Parker with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

“From water to wildlife to energy development, the Department of Natural Resources is entrusted with protecting and managing some of Colorado’s most important assets,” King said. “I am deeply grateful to the Governor for his confidence in me, and I am committed to continue working with the myriad groups and individuals who look to DNR for leadership in these critical areas.”

King will replace Jim Martin, who was recently appointed by the Obama administration to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver-based Region 8 office.

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