Governor Appoints Ladd Director of the Office of the Great Lakes

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 16, 2001

Governor John Engler today announced the appointment of David K. Ladd as director of the Office of the Great Lakes, a cabinet level position, effective Oct. 29.

"With his experience in the state legislature and as my former policy coordinator on environmental issues, Dave brings with him an invaluable background in environmental matters," said Governor Engler. "He makes an excellent steward of Michigan's Great Lakes waters."

The Governor also thanked Keith Harrison for serving as acting director of the Office of the Great Lakes since the appointment of Tracy Mehan as assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ladd, of Lansing, is a legislative associate with Dykema Gossett's government practice group, responsible for the development and implementation of legislative and administrative strategies for a wide range of governmental clients. Previously, he served as legislative director for Speaker of the House Chuck Perricone and Governor Engler's policy coordinator on environmental and infrastructure issues. Prior to that the Governor had appointed him as regulatory reform officer in the Department of Environmental Quality, where he worked to streamline and implement the department's administrative rules.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

The Office of the Great Lakes develops policies and programs that protect, enhance and manage the Great Lakes; addresses water diversions and binational agreements; administers the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund; administers the implementation of Michigan's Comprehensive Management Plan to Control Aquatic Nuisance Species; and publishes the State of the Great Lakes annual report and monthly on-line activity reports.