The resignation of Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was announced last week. The announcement comes after months of harsh criticism and a recent task force report regarding the department’s handling of the elevated levels of lead found in the city of Flint’s drinking water. In a statement, Governor Rick Snyder stated “Director Dan Wyant has offered his resignation, and I’ve determined that it’s appropriate to accept it. I’m also making other personnel changes at DEQ to address problems cited by the task force.” Following his resignation, Governor Snyder announced that Keith Creagh, director of the Department of National Resources (DNR), will serve as interim director of DEQ. Mr. Creagh was appointed director of DNR in July 2012 and was previously director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University.
It was also announced that Dr. Bill Moritz will serve as interim director at DNR. Currently, he is the natural resources deputy at DNR, previously serving as chief and assistant chief of the wildlife division and as a deer research specialist. Dr. Moritz earned a doctorate of zoology from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University, and a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Iowa State University.
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