King to lead natural resources department

A Montrose native will be the new head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Mike King on Wednesday to be the new executive director of the department that oversees the Colorado Division of Wildlife, oil and gas regulation and the state’s waterways.

King has worked in a variety of jobs with the department since 1999, most recently as its deputy director for the past four years. He replaces Jim Martin, who held the post briefly until being appointed recently by President Barack Obama as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8, which is based in Denver.

King earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989 and a law degree from the University of Denver in 1992. He has a master’s degree in public administration from CU-Denver.

King, who lives in Parker with his wife and three children, served as an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of that office from 1993 to 1999.


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