Gov. Scott appoints Noah Valenstein as Secretary of DEP

Published: May. 23, 2017 at 12:04 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

May 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Noah Valenstein as the new Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The Florida Cabinet approved the appointment.

Governor Scott said in a statement on Tuesday, "Noah has worked hard to manage and oversee a range of environmental issues over his more than 15 years of public service, and I know he will use this invaluable experience in his new role as DEP Secretary. I am confident that Noah will continue to be a strong leader and advocate for preserving the future of our state’s beautiful and pristine environment.”

Governor Scott's Office says Valenstein has served as the executive director for the Suwannee River Water Management District since 2015. Noah previously served as the Policy Coordinator for Energy, Agriculture and Environment in the Governor's Office from 2012 through 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Florida State University.

The previous Secretary of DEP, Jon Steverson,

following a controversial term.