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Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $33,906,100
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Delaware Code, 29-80-8002
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Collin P O'Mara.JPG
Name:  Collin O'Mara
Assumed office:  March 2009
Compensation:  $127,590
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The Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is a state executive position in the Delaware state government. The secretary heads the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which regulates the exploitation of the state's natural resources. The secretary is a nonpartisan appointee of the governor.[1]

Current officeholder

The current secretary is Collin O'Mara. O'Mara was appointed to the position by Governor Jack Markell in March 2009 and confirmed by the state Senate in April.[2] As the secretary serves at the pleasure of the governor, O'Mara is not subject to periodic reappointment.

Before becoming secretary, O'Mara was clean tech strategist for San Jose, CA, and the primary architect of the city's "Green Vision," a plan to combine economic development with environmental sustainability. He was previously a city management executive in Syracuse, NY, where he oversaw efforts to modernize city services.

Authority

The office of secretary is established by state law.[3]

Delaware Code, 29-80-8002

(a) The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control...

Qualifications

State law requires only that the secretary be "a person qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office."[3]

Delaware Code, 29-80-8002

(a) The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, who shall be a person qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office.

Appointments

Delaware state government organizational chart

The secretary is appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the state Senate.[3] Secretaries are required by law to become "bona fide" residents of the state within 6 months after appointment, and must remain residents until their service ends. Additionally, they serve at the pleasure of the governor and not for a fixed term.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of secretary of natural resources.

Vacancies

If a vacancy in the office occurs, the governor appoints a replacement, who must then be confirmed by the Senate. If the vacancy occurs while the legislature is out of session, the governor may appoint an acting secretary until the next legislative session. Details of vacancy appointments are set out in Article III, Section 9 of the Delaware Constitution.

Duties

The secretary is administrative head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The department regulates exploitation of the state's natural resources, from setting standards for industrial use of fish and wildlife resources to operating the state's parks and nature preserves. It operates a variety of programs to protect the quality of Delaware's air, water and soil, and develops plans to transition the state to a "clean energy economy."[4]

Divisions

  • Office of the Secretary
    • Division of Energy & Climate
  • Office of Environmental Protection
    • Division of Air Quality
    • Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances
    • Division of Water
  • Office of Natural Resources
    • Division of Fish & Wildlife
    • Division of Parks and Recreation
    • Division of Watershed Stewardship[4]

State budget

The budget for the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $33,906,100.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers


2013

In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $127,590. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2012

In 2012, the secretary was paid an estimated $126,327. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the secretary received compensation in the amount of $120,755.[6] The secretary's salary is determined by law.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Delaware

Address:
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9902

See also

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