DNR Secretary Matt Frank announces staff changes at DNR

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  1. DNR Central Office - MADISON - Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank announced Thursday that veteran staffer Al Shea will replace Deputy Secretary Pat Henderson, who is leaving the agency to pursue ...

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    MADISON – Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank announced Thursday that veteran staffer Al Shea will replace Deputy Secretary Pat Henderson, who is leaving the agency to pursue options in the private sector. Henderson has served as deputy since 2007.

    “Pat has done a tremendous job as my deputy and has been an invaluable leader within the agency and in Governor Doyle’s administration. I thank him for his tremendous service to the people of Wisconsin,” said Frank.

    Henderson had a central role in achieving Governor Doyle’s major environmental and conservation priorities, including the 10 year reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson stewardship fund, passage of the Great Lakes Compact, enacting the mercury/multi-pollutant rule which will reduce mercury emissions by 90%, and making major progress in cleaning up the Fox River. He helped advance the Governor’s regulatory reform and economic growth and green job initiatives. His last day with the agency is July 30.

    Shea, a 30-year veteran of natural resources government service, has served as Administrator of the agency’s Air and Waste Division since 2003. Under his leadership, Air and Waste programs launched Smart regulation, a regulatory improvement effort focused on maintaining environmental standards, protecting public health and improving customer service; eliminated an air permit backlog and streamlined the permitting process; designed and advanced the mercury/multi-pollutant rule which represents one of the most innovative and significant improvements in Wisconsin air quality in several decades; and advanced energy efficiency and climate change initiatives. Al is an avid bow hunter and walleye angler, noting he is proud of his two Pope and Young bucks and his 47-inch northern. He is also an accomplished amateur ornithologist, past president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and past member of the Madison Audubon Board of Directors. He holds a Masters of Science in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Al currently lives in Sun Prairie.

    Frank also announced Thursday that 30-year DNR veteran Sue Bangert will succeed Shea as the agency’s Air and Waste Administrator.

    Bangert has served as the deputy administrator for the Air and Waste Division since July, 2007, and is the former Director of Waste and Materials Management, leading that program to increased beneficial reuse of waste material, improved residential recycling, and timely review of waste plans while maintaining high standards of environmental and human health protection for solid and hazardous waste management in Wisconsin. Sue has also served as the assistant director for the Watershed Bureau and as a supervisor of the industrial wastewater program and the Superfund program. She is a recipient of the John C. Brogan Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement. She holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, with an emphasis on environmental pollution issues. She and her husband, Mike, have two sons in college.

    Frank said, “Al Shea and Sue Bangert are great professionals whose talent and dedication will serve the DNR well. I look forward to working with them in their new roles on our management team” Shea and Bangert assume their new positions starting Monday, August 2. Salaries have not yet been finalized.