King New Head of Department of Natural Resources

In May the Ritter administration tapped Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Mike King to take over for DNR Executive Director Jim Martin, who was picked by the Obama administration in April to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver-based Region 8 office. King is a Montrose native who has served as deputy director of the DNR for the past four years and worked for the department since 1999. Before that he served as an assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office beginning in 1993. “From water to wildlife to energy development, the Department of Natural Resources is entrusted with protecting and managing some of Colorado’s most important assets,” King said in a release. “I am deeply grateful to the Governor for his confidence in me, and I am committed to continue working with the myriad groups and individuals who look to DNR for leadership in these critical areas.” King also worked under DNR executive director Harris Sherman, whom Martin replaced last year. Sherman was another Obama administration call-up, taking over as Undersecretary of Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture--a post that oversees the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.