Gov. Hickenlooper Appoints Bob Randall as Executive Director of Dept. of Natural Resources

Bob Randall photo via the Colorado Department of Natural Resources..
Bob Randall photo via the Colorado Department of Natural Resources..

Here’s the release from Governor Hickenlooper’s office:

Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the appointment of Bob Randall as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Randall has served as the interim director of the department since February 2016.

“Bob’s record of outstanding strategic decision making and his remarkable ability to work collaboratively with the diverse interests at DNR make him uniquely qualified for the job,” said Hickenlooper. “With 20 years of experience in the field, he has proven to be an exemplary and committed steward of Colorado’s natural resources. We look forward to continuing the good work.”

Prior to the interim director role, Randall served as the deputy executive director since 2010, and assumed the additional role of chief operations officer in 2014. Randall was responsible for advising the executive director on the development and execution of the Department’s policy, legislative, operational and communications initiatives and has played instrumental roles in numerous DNR projects, ranging from new regulatory standards at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to shaping Colorado’s approach to natural resource management on federal lands.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity, and am privileged to work alongside a remarkable staff of professionals throughout the entire Department, the people who are at the heart of our agency’s success,” Randall said. “I’m excited to carry on with the important work we do to manage and protect Colorado’s natural resources for people today and those who will depend upon the legacy we leave.”

Prior to joining the state, Randall served as a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates and for Trustees for Alaska.

He serves on multiple boards including the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and the Natural Resources Damages Trustees Council.

Randall earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law.

The appointment is effective immediately.

From The Denver Business Journal (Cathy Proctor):

The department includes divisions that monitor Colorado’s mountains for avalanche danger, mining as well as oil and gas operations, parks and wildlife and the state’s water resources.

“Bob’s record of outstanding strategic decision making and his remarkable ability to work collaboratively with the diverse interests at DNR make him uniquely qualified for the job,” Hickenlooper said in his announcement.

“With 20 years of experience in the field, he [Randall] has proven to be an exemplary and committed steward of Colorado’s natural resources. We look forward to continuing the good work,” Hickenlooper said.

Randall has worked at the department since 2007, has been deputy executive director since 2010 and stepped into the lead role on an interim basis on February 1 after former director Mike King’s decision to take a job with Denver Water as that agency’s director of planning.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity, and am privileged to work alongside a remarkable staff of professionals throughout the entire department, the people who are at the heart of our agency’s success,” Randall said in the announcement.

“I’m excited to carry on with the important work we do to manage and protect Colorado’s natural resources for people today and those who will depend upon the legacy we leave,” Randall said.

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