Today, Gov. Dave Heineman announced that Nebraska's Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Linder, is leaving the department to take a position in the private legal sector.
"Mike has been a great Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and as a result, Nebraskans can continue to take pride in the high quality of Nebraska's air, land and water," said Gov. Heineman. "Under his leadership, the Department has worked with our citizens and the private sector to continue utilizing our many natural resources in a responsible manner. I appreciate his many years of service to Nebraska."
"It has been an honor to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska," said Linder. "The balance of protecting the environment and sustaining a vibrant economy has been a great mission. I have enjoyed every minute of it."
As Director, Linder, 56, has upheld the primary role of the Department of Environmental Quality which is to help ensure that our state's natural resources are protected from contamination. The more than 200 employees of the Department of Environmental Quality work with businesses, communities and individuals toward the common goal of protecting the environment. The department's permitting, compliance, remediation, monitoring, and assistance programs are designed to help achieve this goal.
Under Linder's leadership, the Department has worked diligently to protect our state's resources as well as to educate Nebraska's citizens on the role the department plays in protecting the state's resources. Additionally, the Department has increased access to the public through the use of field offices and outreach.
Linder was appointed Director by Gov. Mike Johanns in 1999. He joined the Department of Environmental Quality in 1986 as an attorney. He became the agency General Counsel in 1989. Linder's last day as Director will be Dec. 20.