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DEQ deputy appointed to agency's top position

Oct 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Todd Parfitt as the new director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

Parfitt is deputy director at DEQ and the head of the DEQ's Industrial Siting Division. He replaces John Corra who is retiring at the end of the month.

Mead says Parfitt has proven to be "a strong and thoughtful leader."

Before coming to the state, Parfitt was director of operations for BHE Environmental, a private environmental consulting company.

"I want to thank all of the applicants for this job," Governor Mead said. "They brought a wide variety of talents to the table and the people I interviewed were all capable of serving Wyoming and the DEQ well.

"Todd has proven to be a strong and thoughtful leader who will build on the good work of John Corra. He will join other members of my cabinet in working for Wyoming and for efficiency in government.

"The DEQ is a challenging agency - one that Todd has the ability to run."

Mead's office said Parfitt will be paid nearly $119,000 a year.

Prior to his work with the Wyoming DEQ Todd Parfitt was director of operations for BHE Environmental, a private environmental consulting company.

"As Governor Mead notes, the Department of Environmental Quality is a challenging agency. It touches everything from water quality, to oil and gas, to landfills.

"Director Corra was a great leader and I want to build on what he did here and I thank Governor Mead for his faith in me," Parfitt said.

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