Source: Elko Daily Free Press
Kornze stepping down from top BLM post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management on Friday announced two key leadership positions, including a replacement for Director Neil Kornze.
BLM veteran Kristin Bail will serve as the agency’s acting director upon completion of Kornze’s tenure, and Jody L. Hudson has been selected as the assistant director for Human Capital Management.
Kornze is stepping down on Jan. 20 with the transition to the new administration, and Hudson succeeds Carole Carter-Pfisterer, who retired from the BLM last month.
Kornze, who was raised in Elko, was nominated in 2013 by President Obama to be director of the agency. He had been the BLM’s principal deputy director and previously served as a senior policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.
“Kristin is a thoughtful, effective leader. The BLM family will be in good hands under her leadership,” said Kornze.
In her most recent assignment, Bail served as assistant director for the BLM’s Resources and Planning Directorate. She previously served as the agency’s Assistant Director for National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships.
Bail has worked for more than 32 years in public land management across Oregon, Arizona, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. She has also served in a variety of field positions, as well as in policy and leadership roles in the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, gaining experience in a wide range of programs including rangeland management, forest management, recreation, land-use planning, and budget.
Bail grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Her husband, Barron, retired from the BLM in 2010 after a 32-year career with the agency.