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Mike King and Kathy Nesbitt receive Senate confirmation to lead state agencies


Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper applauded the Colorado Senate for confirming Mike King as the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Kathy Nesbitt as Executive Director of the Department of Personnel and Administration.

The Senate confirmed King on Feb. 3 unanimously.

King was first appointed to the position by in May 2010 after serving as Deputy Director for more than three years.

King, a native of Montrose and an avid hunter and angler, became the Assistant Director for Lands, Minerals and Energy Policy in January 2006 and was appointed as Deputy Director at the Department of Natural Resources in September 2006.

He previously worked in the Policy and Regulation Section at the Colorado Division of Wildlife in various capacities for six years and was an Assistant Attorney General from 1993 to 1999.

King, who lives in Parker, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, a law degree from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs.

The Senate confirmed Nesbitt on Feb. 8 with a vote of 32-0-3.

Nesbitt has more than 14 years of Human Resources and leadership experience. Previously, she was the Director of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente in Denver and a key member of the Kaiser leadership team providing human resource services to more than 5,000 employees in the health care organization.

Nesbitt earlier worked as a staff attorney for Mountain States Employers Counsel and an employment attorney at Qwest Communications. She also worked as a staff attorney at Kaiser before returning later as a human resources leader and counsel.

Nesbitt, a native of Denver, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center.