The changing federal regulatory landscape means state regulators such as the Energy and Environment Cabinet and its many agencies must continually examine staffing needs and deployment of personnel to fit the demands put upon us. Toward this end, I have asked John Lyons and Sandy Gruzesky to take on new roles within EEC.
As you are aware, President Obama in June announced his climate action plan which has significant implications for coal-reliant states like Kentucky. As the leaders in energy and environment policy, our Cabinet must work to determine the best possible methods of implementing the regulatory pieces of this initiative, which will largely fall under the Clean Air Act.
I believe it is important that we have someone at the Cabinet who can help study and recommend strategies for Kentucky as the federal process moves forward. I firmly believe that John Lyons is the person to lead that effort. John will be named Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy and be part of the Office of the Secretary. His appointment is effective September 16.
John has served in various capacities for the Department for Environmental Protection during his 24-year public service career. In January 2002, he was chosen to serve as the Director for the Kentucky Division for Air Quality. During his tenure, John has been instrumental in reorganization efforts for both the Department for Environmental Protection and the Division for Air Quality, implementing business process efficiencies that have improved the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth and Kentucky’s environment. Further, his involvement in national air quality issues has helped shape the regulatory landscape for protection of air quality. I look forward to having John work closely with me as we address the climate policy issues that face Kentucky.
I am also pleased to announce that Sandy Gruzesky, director of the Division of Water, is assuming the role as deputy commissioner of the Department for Natural Resources. Sandy replaces Larry Arnett who retired earlier this summer. Sandy has been with DOW for 19 years and was appointed director in 2008. Prior to that she was the assistant director and fulfilled various roles within the NPDES permitting program. Sandy served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps in both active duty and reserve roles and is a retired Commander. She earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in civil engineering, specializing in environmental engineering, from the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky.
I have asked Sean Alteri to be acting director of DAQ, and Peter Goodmann to serve as acting director for DOW.
Leonard K. Peters