Three top officials appointed at the Department for Environmental Protection

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Commissioner Aaron Keatley has announced the appointments of three top DEP officials.

Tony Hatton has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department, Jon Maybriar has been appointed Division Director of the Division of Waste Management, and Paulette Akers has been appointed Division Director of the Division of Compliance Assistance.

“I am very pleased with the appointment of these dedicated, public servants,” Keatley said. “Tony, Jon and Paulette are outstanding additions to DEP’s leadership team. Together we are committed to helping Kentucky’s corporate and private citizens creatively find reasonable and sustainable solutions to Kentucky’s environmental challenges. ”

Hatton is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Master’s of Science degree in Geology. He worked in the private sector as a consulting geologist from 1988 to 1998 and has worked for the Department since 1999.  Hatton became the Assistant Director of the Division of Waste Management in 2002 and became its Director in 2008. He lives in Lawrenceburg with his wife and son.

Maybriar is a graduate of Morehead State University. His career started with the Commonwealth in 1987 in the Uncontrolled Site Section, which later became the Superfund Branch. He has worked in the environmental field as a regulator, USEPA CERCLA contractor, and environmental consultant for 29 years.  Most recently, he has served as the Assistant Director for the Division of Waste Management.  Jon lives in Midway with his wife and grandson.

Akers is an Eastern Kentucky alumnus, where she earned a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Applied Ecology. Paulette has been the Acting Director of the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance for much of this year.  She began her career with the DEP in the Division of Water, working in the Water Quality and Watershed Management Branches for 13 years before moving to Compliance Assistance.  Paulette is a native of Woodford County, where she lives with her husband and two sons.