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Press Release: February 24, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Richard Whitman to serve as Natural Resources Advisor

Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Richard Whitman as his interim Natural Resources Advisor. Mr. Whitman currently is the Director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

“I am excited that Richard will be joining my team as my Natural Resources advisor,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Richard’s expertise and experience are unmatched.  I can’t think of a better person to ensure stewardship of Oregon’s natural wealth is a cornerstone of our effort to build a more prosperous state.”

Prior to heading DLCD, Mr. Whitman was directed the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice, which represents and advises Oregon's environmental and natural resources agencies in a variety of legal proceedings. Mr. Whitman worked closely with federal, state and local officials as well as other interests on a range of environmental and natural resource matters throughout the state.  Before his time working for government, Mr. Whitman worked as a partner for a Portland law firm and as the manager of several economic development programs in California.

“I am excited to join the Governor’s team and ready to roll up my sleeves to help Oregonians – urban and rural – achieve our shared goals for improving the quality of life for Oregonians.” said Mr. Whitman
Mr. Whitman received a law degree in 1989 from the University of California-Berkeley, where he won the Harmon Prize for best environmental law article. He is a 1978 graduate of Tufts University, and in 1981, graduated with honors from MIT with a Masters of City and Regional Planning.

Mr. Whitman will take a leave of absence from his position at the Department of Land Conservation and Development and begin work in the Governor’s office on March 4th.  A permanent appointment will be made after the 2011 legislative session.  During his absence, the Governor has recommended that Jerry Lidz, former Solicitor at the Oregon Department of Justice step in as Acting Director at DLCD.  The Land Conservation and Development Commission is expected to act on that recommendation next week at its regular meeting.

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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