Colorado Executive Director of Natural Resources
The current executive director is Mike King, who was first appointed to the position in May 2010 and re-appointed by incoming Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2011. As the executive director serves at the pleasure of the governor, King is not subject to periodic reappointment, except when a new governor takes office.
Before becoming executive director, King was Assistant Director for Lands, Minerals and Energy Policy from 2000 to 2006 and Deputy Director of Natural Resources from 2006 to 2010. He previously worked in various capacities in the Policy and Regulation Section of the Colorado Division of Wildlife and was also an assistant state attorney general from 1993 to 1999. King holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a J.D. from the University of Denver and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver. He and his wife, Amy, have three children.
Colorado statute establishes the executive director as head of the department of natural resources.
Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 24-33-101
(1) There is hereby created the department of natural resources, the head of which is the executive director of the department of natural resources.
There are no particular qualifications required of the executive director.
The executive director is appointed by the governor but must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate. The governor may remove the executive director from office for "incompetency, neglect of duty, or abuse of the privileges of... office."
Per Section 34-21-102 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the position of executive director is often held concurrently with the effectively defunct constitutional office of commissioner of mines (See Article XVI, Section 1 of the state constitution).
(1) In accordance with the provisions of section 1 of article XVI of the Colorado constitution, it is the duty of the governor, with the consent of the senate, to appoint a person known to be competent to the office of commissioner, who may also be the executive director of the department of natural resources. The office of commissioner of mines shall be located in the office of the executive director of the department of natural resources. The governor has the power to remove said commissioner from office for incompetency, neglect of duty, or abuse of the privileges of such commissioner's office.
The executive director is not subject to term limits.
There is no particular procedure for dealing with vacancies in the office of executive director.
The executive director is head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, a conglomeration of a number of divisions, boards and commissions that manage the state's natural resource endowments. The department is responsible for both promoting the exploitation of and conserving Colorado's resources. It makes and enforces a variety of environment-related regulations and licenses sportsmen, business and other users of Colorado's natural resources. The department also does extensive research into the potential costs and benefits of various resource exploitation projects, conservation efforts or other proposals.
- Colorado Geological Survey
- Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
- Colorado State Land Board
- Colorado State Parks
- Colorado Water Conservation Board
- Division of Forestry
- Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety
- Division of Water Resources
- Division of Wildlife
- Interbasin Compact Committee
Boards and Commissions
- Board of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
- Coal Mine Board of Examiners
- Colorado Ground Water Commission
- Colorado Natural Areas Council
- Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
- Colorado Water Conservation Boards
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Colorado Wildlife Commission
- Forestry Advisory Board
- Mined Land Reclamation Board
- Minerals Energy and Geology Advisory Board
- State Board of Examiners of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors
- State Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund
- State Land Board
- State Trails Committee
- Wildlife Public Education Advisory Council
In 2010, the executive director received compensation in the amount of $146,040. The director's compensation, in his capacity as commissioner of mines, is established by law per Article XVI, Section 1 of the state constitution.
1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 866-3311 / (800) 536-5308
- ↑ Colorado Department of Natural Resources, "Bio of Mike King," accessed July 18, 2011.
- ↑ Colorado Revised Statutes, "24-33-101," accessed July 15, 2011.
- ↑ Colorado Revised Statutes, "Section 34-21-102," accessed July 18, 2011.
- ↑ Colorado Department of Natural Resources, "Divisions/Boards-Commissions," accessed July 18, 2011.
- ↑ The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed July 18, 2011.