View Full Version : DNR & DEQ To Be Separated Again

December 8th, 2010, 09:11 AM
Hope its not a repost. Saw this this AM.


December 8th, 2010, 01:24 PM
Saw this a week ago in the newspaper / on TV. They will be seperated but fall under the same department, for lack of a better word, called "Quality of Life." Sounds like Snyder is setting up the gov to be like a company, with a few VPs at the top overseeing larger departments. I think the new Director of the DNR is suppose to be the head of this new department.

Renegade II
December 8th, 2010, 04:13 PM
Dan Wyant Group Executive of DEQ, DNR and Agriculture & Rural Development
Gov.-elect Snyder announces Keith Creagh to serve at director of the new Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.
Compiled by staff
Published: Dec 2, 2010

Governor-elect Rick Snyder Tuesday gave the first glimpse of how his vision to reinvent Michigan will take shape as he announced that Dan Wyant will be his group executive for Quality of Life, a new role that will bring a more streamlined business management model to state government for the departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture & Rural Development.

Governor-elect Snyder also announced that Keith Creagh will head the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Rodney Stokes will serve as director of the Department of Natural Resources. Wyant will also serve as director of the Department of Environmental Quality in addition to his role as group executive.

"Reinventing Michigan means reinventing how state government is organized to provide exceptional value to the taxpayers and citizens it serves," Governor-elect Snyder says. "Dan, Keith and Rodney bring exceptional private and public sector experience to this new management model which will allow departments to function better and take successful practices from the private sector and put them to work in government."

This new group executive model will mean that the current Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment will be split back into separately functioning departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources. The governor-elect will issue executive orders after January 1, to reconstitute these two departments. This reorganization will allow the DEQ and DNR to better focus on their core missions than the currently constituted super-sized DNRE is able.

"I am excited at the opportunity to help Governor-elect Snyder reinvent Michigan and about creating a new government management model that will improve the services it provides residents and businesses," Wyant says. "I am honored to be part of a dynamic team focused on implementing customer service-orientated government."

The expansion of the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development recognizes the importance of agriculture as Michigan's second-leading industry and the roles farming and agri-business play in strengthening the state's rural communities through economic development and stewardship of its natural resources.

As part of this organizational restructuring, agency and department directors will report to their respective group executive, who will report directly to the governor. Governor-elect Snyder will announce the other group executives as he finalizes his remaining appointments in the coming weeks.

About Dan Wyant (More info here--> http://www.edwardlowe.org/about/leaders-team-dan.elf)

Wyant currently is the president and chief operating officer of the Edward Lowe Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship and helps second-stage business owners accelerate growth for their companies, a position he's held since 2005. Prior to that, he served as director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture in the administrations of Governors John Engler, a Republican, and Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat. Wyant serves on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Michigan. Wyant holds a bachelor's degree in food systems management from Michigan State University and an MBA from American University in Washington, D.C.

About Keith Creagh

Creagh has held several leadership roles in state government and the private sector. He currently is director of industry affairs and Hacco operations at Neogen Corporation. Creagh joined the Michigan Department of Agriculture in 1974 as an inspector and rose in positions of responsibility throughout his 33-year career at the department, ultimately serving as chief deputy director and deputy director of land use. Creagh holds a bachelor's degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University.

About Rodney Stokes (http://daltondailycitizen.com/local/x278369235/DHS-grad-to-be-director-of-Michigan-s-Department-of-Natural-Resources)

Stokes began his professional career with DNR in 1977 and held leadership positions at the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund program, Grants Administration, and then as director of the Parks and Recreation Division from 1997 to 2002. Stokes also served as interim director and deputy director of the Detroit Recreation Department, and as director of the Gainesville, Fla., Recreation and Parks Department. Stokes returned to the Michigan DNR in 2004 where he served as its legislative liaison, chief of staff, and chief of its office of science and policy. Stokes has a bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Tennessee State University and master's degree in parks and recreation resources from Michigan State University.

December 29th, 2010, 12:05 AM
I know Dan Wyant and Keith Creagh. I believe that they will both do well in their new positions. How Snyders new organizational structure will work remains to be seen.