Mimi Drew to Head Florida Department of Environmental Protection

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --

Mimi Drew will be secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection through the remaining four months of Gov. Charlie Crist's term.

Crist obtained the Florida Cabinet's unanimous approval Tuesday, Sept. 28 for Drew's appointment.

The governor previously named Drew interim secretary to replace
Mike Sole, who resigned effective Sept. 10. Crist did not need
Cabinet approval for the interim appointment.

Drew previously served as the agency's deputy secretary of
regulatory programs and as director of water resource management.

She said she was "committed to ensuring Florida's dynamic
natural resources, state lands, waterbodies and beaches are
protected and continue to rank among the most beautiful natural
treasures in the world."

Gov. Crist released the following statement from his office:

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet today unanimously voted to approve Mimi A. Drew as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“Secretary Drew has more than 30 years of technical, supervisory, and administrative experience with Florida environmental issues,” said Governor Crist. “She is a proven leader, and I am confident she will continue to serve the people of Florida responsibly and with integrity.”

Drew has served as Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since September 10, 2010. Previously, she served as the agency’s deputy secretary of regulatory programs beginning in 2007, and as director of the division of water resource management beginning in January 1995. Drew received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, as well as a master’s degree in environmental engineering and sciences.

"I am honored to serve as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection," said DEP Secretary Mimi Drew. "I am committed to ensuring Florida's dynamic natural resources, state lands, waterbodies and beaches are protected and continue to rank among the most beautiful natural treasures in the world."


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