Longtime BLM employee named Glenwood head

A man who long has worked in the Glenwood Springs Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has been named field manager there.

Steve Bennett will oversee 60 employees who work in the office, which oversees BLM lands and minerals in parts of Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Routt counties.

He fills the position formerly held by Jamie Connell, who now serves as the BLM’s Northwest Colorado district manager.

“Steve was chosen from a list of highly qualified candidates based largely on his skills working with local communities and his leadership managing natural resources,” Connell said in a news release. “In particular, Steve has extensive experience in managing complex energy development projects and serving as an agency administrator during challenging wildfire situations in the wildland-urban interface.”

Connell said Bennett worked on the successful implementation of the Glenwood Springs Energy Office, which is part of a pilot program under the 2005 Energy Policy Act.

Bennett came to Glenwood Springs in 1997 and has been the associate field manager since 2001. He has been acting field manager since June 2008.

Bennett has a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Utah State University and began his BLM career 28 years ago in Craig. He also worked as an environmental protection specialist, resource advisor and supervisory natural resource specialist.


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