Nebraska Director of Natural Resources

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Nebraska Director of Natural Resources
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $16,355,532
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  Nebraska Revised Statutes 61-205
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Brian Dunnigan
Assumed office:  2008
Compensation:  $109,502
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The Nebraska Director of Natural Resources is a state executive position in the Nebraska state government.

The director serves as head of the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for the areas of groundwater, surface water, floodplain management, dam safety, natural resources planning and integrated water management.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Brian Dunnigan. He was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2008.[2]

Authority

The Department of Natural Resources is established in the Nebraska Revised Statutes.

Nebraska Revised Statutes 61-205:

The Department of Natural Resources shall exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned to the Department of Water Resources prior to July 1, 2000. The Department of Natural Resources shall exercise the powers and perform the duties assigned to the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission prior to July 1, 2000, except as otherwise specifically provided.

Qualifications

Qualifications for the director of natural resources are outlined in the revised state statutes. The director has to:[3]

  • Be qualified by training and business experience to manage and supervise the Department of Natural Resources
  • Be a professional engineer as provided in the Engineers and Architects Regulation Act
  • Have had at least five years' experience in a position of responsibility in irrigation work.

Appointments

The Nebraska Director of Natural Resources is appointed by the Governor of Nebraska, with the consent of a majority of the Legislature.

Vacancies

As established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Nebraska Constitution, in the event of a vacancy, the governor fills the office by appointment.

Duties

See Energy policy in Nebraska for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.

The director oversees the Department of Natural Resources. The duties of the department as outlined in the revised state statutes are:[4]

  • Offer assistance as appropriate to the supervisors or directors of any subdivision of government with responsibilities in the area of natural resources conservation, development, and use in the carrying out of any of their powers and programs
  • Keep the supervisors or directors of each such subdivision informed of the activities and experience of all other such subdivisions and facilitate cooperation and an interchange of advice and experience between such subdivisions
  • Coordinate the programs of such subdivisions so far as this may be done by advice and consultation
  • Secure the cooperation and assistance of the United States, any of its agencies, and agencies of this state in the work of such subdivisions
  • Disseminate information throughout the state concerning the activities and programs of such subdivisions
  • Plan, develop, and promote the implementation of a comprehensive program of resource development, conservation, and utilization for the soil and water resources of this state in cooperation with other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations
  • When necessary for the proper administration of the functions of the department, rent or lease space outside the State Capitol
  • Assist such local governmental organizations as villages, cities, counties, and natural resources districts in securing, planning, and developing information on flood plains to be used in developing regulations and ordinances on proper use of these flood plains.
Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Organizational Chart as of July 12, 2012.

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Department of Natural Resources in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $16,355,532.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the director was paid an estimated $113,882.[6]

2012

In 2012, the Nebraska Director of Natural Resources was paid an estimated $109,502 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4676

Phone: 402-471-2363
Fax: 402-471-2900

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