Ritter names replacement for Natural Resources chief

Gov. Bill Ritter has turned to a familiar face to become his new natural resources chief, tapping a member of his own cabinet for the post.

On Monday, Ritter named Jim Martin, executive director of the state Department of Public Health and Environment, to the same position within the Department of Natural Resources.

Martin will replace Harris Sherman, who recently was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become undersecretary for natural resources and environment in the Department of Agriculture.

Martin serves on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, as did Sherman, and the two helped shepherd through a major rewrite of drilling rules.

“Jim has proven himself time and time again as a strong leader and innovative policy maker,” Gov. Ritter said. “Colorado will be well-served by the depth and breadth of his subject-matter expertise on the issues critical to the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, including public lands, water and energy.”

Martin will begin his new job Nov. 16. He holds law and biology degees and previously has served as executive director of Western Resource Advocates, and director of the Natural Resources Law Center at CU.


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