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New DNR administrators appointed

MADISON – Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett has announced two new appointments in the agency: Bill Smith, 52, as deputy secretary for the department and Al Shea, 50, as administrator of the agency’s Air and Waste Division.

Smith, a 25-year DNR veteran, has served as acting deputy since January. He served as director of the Northern Region when it was formed during the department reorganization in 1996, and directed the former Northwest District since 1990. Prior to that, he served as deputy director of the former North Central Region.

Smith was environmental quality program supervisor and a field engineer for the DNR Northwest District. He started as an air management engineer with the department in 1978 after serving six years in the U.S. Air Force.

Shea, a 20-year DNR veteran, has directed the agency’s Bureau of Watershed Management since 1997, where his responsibilities included urban and rural runoff management, wastewater facility permitting and water quality standard-setting for inland waters and the Great Lakes.

In his new position, Shea will guide the activities of 411 employees in three programs: Air Management, which is responsible for air quality and air emissions permitting; Waste Management, which handles disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; and Remediation and Redevelopment, which oversees the cleanup and beneficial re-use of contaminated land. Shea begins his new duties Sept. 22. He replaces Jay Hochmuth, a 33-year veteran employee who is being reassigned to customer and employee services leader for the agency’s South Central Region in Fitchburg.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Hassett - (608) 266-2121, Bill Smith - (608) 266-2121 or Al Shea - (608) 267-2759




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