OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437
January 24, 2011
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Governor Mead reappoints Directors of Departments of Environmental Quality and Agriculture
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today that he was reappointing John Corra and Jason Fearneyhough as the Directors of the Wyoming Departments of Environmental Quality and Agriculture, respectively. Both agreed to sign the Governor’s commitment to improve their agencies and make them more efficient.
“These men have shown vision and competence in leading their agencies and letting them continue their work is in the best interest of our state and our people,” Governor Mead says.
John Corra has served as the director of the Wyoming DEQ for eight years. Governor Mead says he appreciates the challenges Corra has faced. “The last eight years were an extremely busy period for the DEQ and John has done an admirable job leading the agency. I look forward to working with the legislature and John to streamline his agency further and to eliminate the backlog of permits at the agency.”
To that end Governor Mead has requested $1.5 million dollars for the DEQ to eliminate the wait for Land Quality Permits.
Corra says he welcomes this opportunity from Governor Mead. “I am excited about implementing the Governor’s vision for improving the way we do work, make decisions and provide service to our citizens,” Corra says. “Our goal is to make high quality decisions that enable the use of our environment in a responsible manner. His strong interest and support are greatly appreciated.”
Jason Fearneyhough has led the Wyoming Department of Agriculture for a year and a half. Governor Mead says he is pleased Fearneyhough is willing to stay on. “Jason has impressed me in his time leading the Department of Agriculture and I value his ideas to further serve the public with his agency. He also has visions for making our State Fair and even better experience,” Mead says.
“I look forward to being a part of Governor Mead’s administration and I am excited to continue the important work and services we provide the agriculture industry and the citizens of Wyoming,” Fearneyhough says. “I share Governor Mead’s vision on efficiencies in government and look forward to working within our department to find areas where we can work more efficiently while continuing to provide high-quality services to the citizens of Wyoming.”
As for the State Fair, Fearneyhough says, “One exciting thing happening at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture is our preparations for the 100th anniversary of the Wyoming State Fair in 2012. A staple in many Wyoming families’ lives, the State Fair showcases Wyoming agriculture, culture and youth.
“To continue this tradition, I have made a personal commitment to Governor Mead to find ways to improve State fairgrounds operations to help ensure the Wyoming Sate Fair continues for another 100 years,” Fearneyhough says.
Renny MacKay - Communications Director
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