Sunday, April 22, 2018

Nebraska governor selects new Department of Environmental Quality director

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced on March 2 that Jim Macy would take the reins as the next director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

“I look forward to working with the Ricketts administration to streamline regulatory processes,” Macy said. “Like my home state, agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry. I look forward to working with business owners and ag producers across the state in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”

Macy, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master’s in Education, has extensive experience working for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was the director of the Financial Assistance Center, which saw him spearhead a $54 million plan to minimize underutilization of drinking water grants and loans, as well as a plan to ensure annual reports to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Macy started in his new position on March 9, after an extensive selection process that involved a shortlist created by the Environmental Quality Council and an interview with the governor.

“Whether he’s working with farmers or municipalities, his experience will aid the department as it seeks to provide fair and thoughtful programming and regulation for Nebraska’s air, land and water resources,” Ricketts said.

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