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Mike King named Executive Director of Department of Natural Resources

January 5th, 2011


DENVER - Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Mike King will remain Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources.


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


"Colorado is known for our spectacular natural beauty, abundant wildlife and unparalleled recreational opportunities," Hickenlooper said. "Striking the right balance between resource development and conservation is what good stewardship of our natural resources is all about. Mike King has the collaborative skills needed to bring disparate interests together to responsibly manage these resources."


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.


"As a native Coloradan I have a deep respect for everything that makes our state great," King said. "From the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains, Colorado is a land with incredible vistas. I am honored at this appointment and look forward to fulfilling Gov.-elect Hickenlooper's promise to responsibly balance conservation and development of our natural resources."


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.