New administrators to start in 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has identified new administrators for the department’s Division of State Lands and Natural Heritage Program upon the upcoming retirement of two long-time administrators.

“The Department is fortunate to have such outstanding talent within its ranks that I am able to name the eventual replacements for two division heads in advance of the retirement of key administrators,” said Allen Biaggi, department director. ”This is ideal in that it allows the outgoing and incoming administrators to work together toward seamless transitions for the two divisions.”

Jim Lawrence, deputy administrator for the Division of State Lands, will become the administrator of State Lands and acting administrator of Conservation Districts beginning July 1, 2008. He will succeed Pam Wilcox, one of the longest-serving administrators in state government, who started with the state as administrator of the Division of Conservation Districts in April 1980. Lawrence has been with State Lands for nine years. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon, and dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jennifer Newmark will serve as the new administrator for the Natural Heritage Program. She will succeed Glenn Clemmer, head of the state’s Natural Heritage Program since April 1992. Newmark has been a biologist with Natural Heritage since 1999, serving most recently as a supervising biologist. She received her master’s degree in biology from Boston University and her bachelor of science in conservation biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Biaggi said the department will greatly miss the tremendous experience and talent of Wilcox and Clemmer, but welcomes Newmark and Lawrence to the department’s management team.

“Pam and Glenn have been tremendous assets to the Department and the entire state,” he said. “We are sad to see them go and are extremely grateful for their public service, however, most importantly, we wish each of them all the best in their retirement.”

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