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Update on current leadership of the BLM (after Brian Steed, BLM has another leader just “exercising authority of the Director”)

Here’s a quick update on who’s running the Bureau of Land Management at national and state levels.  Besides once again having a leader only “exercising authority of the Director,” the BLM has shuffled around state directors:                                                        Jamie Connell, who is the current Colorado State Director, was the Oregon-Washington State Director.                                      Karen Mouritsen, who is the current Eastern States Director, was the Alaska Acting State Director.                                                John Ruhs, who is the current Idaho State Director, was the Nevada State Director.                                                                        Jon Raby, who is the current Nevada State Director, was the Montana-Dakotas Acting State Director.

Source:  BLM

Exercising Authority of the Director

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management

Casey Hammond serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management exercising the authority of the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.  In addition to his direct responsibility for the BLM, Casey’s post as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary gives him a policy-making role for three other key agencies within the Department of the Interior – the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Read the full biography.

Michael Nedd   Michael D. Nedd

Deputy Director, Operations, Bureau of Land Management

Michael D. Nedd is the BLM’s Deputy Director for Operations. Prior to joining BLM, Nedd worked for the National Park Service, the State of South Carolina, and several private organizations. He also spent more than eight years on active duty in the U.S. military as an officer and enlisted soldier, in several highly specialized units. Nedd holds a Master’s Degree in Information and Systems Management from Strayer University. He has also earned undergraduate degrees in Information and Systems Management and Business Administration. Read the full biography.

   Chad Padgett

BLM Alaska State Director

Chad Padgett was appointed as the BLM’s State Director for Alaska in February, 2019. Padgett, a longtime staff member for U.S. Representative Don Young of Alaska, brings a broad range of knowledge on Alaskan issues, both on the policy side as well as addressing constituent needs.

Prior to joining the BLM, Padgett served as the Alaska State Director for Rep. Don Young of Alaska for more than 10 years. From 2001 to 2009, Padgett served as a Presidential Appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency.  He also served for two years as a dual appointee as acting State Director for USDA Rural Development, where he was responsible for rural housing programs, community facilities, business and cooperative programs, and rural utilities programs throughout the state. As Alaska State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency, he provided support for small family farms and fishers throughout the State of Alaska. Read the full biography

Photo of BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo   Raymond Suazo

BLM Arizona State Director

Ray Suazo is the BLM Arizona State Director, responsible for leading a staff of nearly 500 employees and the management of more than 12 million surface and 17 million subsurface acres of public lands in Arizona. Ray joined the BLM Arizona State Office in 2006. He served as Chief Information Officer, Deputy State Director for Business and Support Services, and Associate State Director before his appointment as the Arizona State Director in 2011.   Read the full biography

   Joe Stout

BLM California Acting State Director

Joe Stout is the Acting State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in California, where he oversees the management of 15 million acres of public lands – nearly 15 percent of the state’s land area – as well as 1.6 million acres in northwestern Nevada.  Read the full biography

Jamie Connell, BLM Oregon-Washington State Director   Jamie Connell

BLM Colorado State Director

Jamie Connell is BLM’s Colorado State Director.  She received her B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech, and began her BLM career as a petroleum engineer in Miles City, Montana.  Her managerial experience includes stints for the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service in locations across the West, including Great Falls and Malta, Montana; Boise, Idaho; and the cities of Montrose, Silverthorne, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction, all in Colorado. Connell most recently served as the State Director for BLM-Oregon/Washington, previously she served as the State Director for Montana/Dakotas..  Read the full biography

   Karen Mouritsen

BLM Eastern States Director

Karen Mouritsen was an attorney practicing law for DOI, but she was motivated to make a career change to the BLM after serving on detail as an Associate District Manager when she learned how challenging and rewarding it is to work together as a team with many talented BLM employees.  Read the full biography

BLM Nevada State Director John Ruhs, Reno, Nevada, BLM photo   John Ruhs

BLM Idaho State Director

John F. Ruhs began his job as the BLM-Idaho State Director in March 2019. John was previously the BLM Assistant Director of Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho.

He has also served as the Director of BLM in Nevada from 2015 until 2018 and the acting BLM Deputy Director of Operations for the BLM National headquarters from April 2017 until December 2017.  Prior to coming to Nevada, he served as BLM’s Eastern States Director.  He has extensive experience in land management in the west, including previous assignments as the Ely District Manager and Winnemucca Fire Management Officer in Nevada, District Manager of the High Desert District in Wyoming and other work for the BLM in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. Read the full biography

    John Mehlhoff

BLM Montana – Dakotas State Director

John Mehlhoff is the Bureau of Land Management‘s State Director for Montana and the Dakotas. He was named State Director in May, 2019, after serving in the Senior Executive Service as Program Director for Coordination, Enforcement, Valuation, and Appeals since 2014.  Read the full biography

   Jon Raby

BLM Nevada State Director

Jon Raby is the State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. He oversees the management of 48 million surface acres of public land in Nevada, 59 million subsurface acres, six district offices and 14 field offices. Headquartered in Reno, NV.

Jon’s career in federal service began in 1990 and includes over 20 years with the BLM in Oregon, Montana and Washington D.C. In addition to the BLM, Jon has also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Read the full 

  Tim Spisak

BLM New Mexico State Director

Tim Spisak is the State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico, where he oversees the management of public lands and minerals in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

Tim has more than 34 years of government service, including time as a Petroleum Engineer, Supervisory Petroleum Engineer, Program Analysis Officer, and Administrative Officer. His career with the Bureau of Land Management includes five years as the Amarillo Field Office Manager overseeing the Federal Helium Program in Amarillo Texas, five years as Fluid Minerals Division Chief in the BLM Washington Office, five  years as the Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and  Realty Management, and three years as Senior Advisor – Conventional Energy. He most recently served for one year as the Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management.  Read the full biography.

   Theresa Hanley

Acting BLM Oregon-Washington State Director

Theresa Hanley is the BLM Associate State Director for Oregon and Washington.  She has served in the position since February of 2014, helping to oversee operations across several programs of great importance to communities in the two state area including timber harvesting livestock grazing, fire suppression, and recreation.  Theresa’s career with BLM spans more than 30 years.  She has served in key leadership roles and positions in New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.  Her experience will be of great value to providing continuity for the organization, and accomplishment of the BLM mission for the public land users of Oregon and Washington.  Read the full biography

BLM Utah State Director Ed Roberson. BLM photo   Ed Roberson

BLM Utah State Director

As BLM Utah State Director, Ed Roberson, who has had a 37-year career with the BLM.  He was most recently Director of the BLM National Operations Center in Denver. Roberson also served in top BLM roles in New Mexico, and held senior level positions in Washington, D.C., including a seven year tenure as the BLM Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning.  Read the full biography

Official photo of Wyoming State Director Mary Jo Rugwell.   Mary Jo Rugwell

BLM Wyoming State Director

Mary Jo Rugwell was selected as the state director for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming. She had been acting state director for about a year and a half prior to being chosen. Mary Jo served as the Associate State Director in Wyoming for over two years. She  is a native of Cheyenne, WY.  Read the full biography

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  1. SHELL GAME – A game involving sleight of hand – a “shell game,” where the magician hides a ball beneath rapidly moving cups – a deceptive and evasive action or ploy – a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud.

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    • Just started reading “Meatonomics by David R. Simon. Surprisingly enough – mentions regulatory capture in the introduction!! Seems I’ve heard of that before, right? Very good so far – only on chapter 2 – but I’m sure by the time I work my way thru it – will be even more frustrated by how we, the people, are being manipulated into consuming far more than we need! Very interesting.

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  2. Government agencies were not EVER meant to have unchecked power to make laws. That steps over the line of “separation of powers”.
    They are “playing in the wrong sandbox”.

    C-SPAN VIDEO

    Kimberly Wehle on How to Read the Constitution and Why
    Professor Kimberly Wehle talked about her new book, How to Read the Constitution and Why.

    THIS IS KIMBERLY WEHLE, A PROFESSOR OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE

    FIRST, YOU ASKED ABOUT THE ENUMERATED POWERS. IF ANYONE HAS WATCHED “THE CROWN” OR ANYTHING ABOUT ENGLAND, THE MONARCH, IMAGINE THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS LIKE A JOB DISRUPTION, AND THE MONARCH, THAT IS US, “WE THE PEOPLE,” GAVE CONGRESS THE POWERS, LIKE WITH A SCEPTOR.
    YOU HAVE THE LEGISLATIVE POWER,
    JUDGES HAVE THE JUDICIAL POWER, OR I CALL THEM SANDBOXES. YOU HAVE TO PLAY IN YOUR SANDBOX.
    WE ALSO KNOW THAT THERE IS SOME BLENDING OF POWERS THAT IS NORMAL. THE SUPREME COURT’S JOB, WHEN IT TAKES THESE CASES, IN PART, IS TO MAKE SURE THAT EACH BRANCH STAYS IN ITS SANDBOX, BECAUSE OF IT TAKES OVER A SECOND SANDBOX OR A THIRD SANDBOX SOME OF IT HAVE TYRANNICAL POWER.
    ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN TO WASHINGTON, D.C., YOU SEE STONE BUILDINGS AS A “DEPARTMENT OF
    SOMETHING,” THOSE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THEY ANSWER TO THE PRESIDENT, AND THEY MAKE LAWS, REGULATIONS. THE SUPREME COURT SAYS THAT IS OK.
    THAT IS AN EXAMPLE WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS DIPPING HER TOE OR HIS TOW INTO THE SANDBOX, BECAUSE CONGRESS GAVE IT AWAY IN THE STATUTE.
    HERE, AGENCY, MAKE LAWS FOR ME. YOU HAVE MORE EXPERTISE, I HAVE TO GET REELECTED

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?462280-5/washington-journal-kimberly-wehle-discusses-book-how-read-constitution-why

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  3. Looks like to me a HUGE SAND BOX WHERE THE PLAYERS HAVE VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ANIMALS ESPECIALLY OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS. THEY TINKER WITH MONEY, GOLD, SILVER, ALL OTHER MINERALS. I SEE CORRUPTION AT THE MAX. ANYTHING THAT MAKES MONEY IS AT BEST A GREEDY MONUMENTAL TRAGEDY FOR OUR WILDLIFE AND PROTECTION OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS. NOW WE MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH, OPEN PANDORAS HUGE SAND BOX. WE KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. YES WE DO. SICK AS IT MAY BE,WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS AND DEAL WITH ALL OF THIS HEAD ON. SAVING OUR ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION. IT WILL BE THOSE OF US WHO REALLY CARE. OUR ANIMALS AND WE ARE IN THE FIGHT OF A LIFETIME.
    WE MUST PROTECT ALL THAT WE HAVE LEFT. SPEAK UP AND GO FOR THE GUSTO EVERYONE.
    MINING EQUALS DIRTY RAT MONEY. WILD HORSES AND OUR PRECIOUS BURROS EQUAL FREEDOM FROM THE WRATH OF EXTINCTION. WE WILL FIGHT LIKE HELL TO SAVE THEM.

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  4. Hammond’s bio is no longer available on the BLM website. It says “access denied” from various articles and links, including this one.

    Is he related to the Oregon Hammonds (ranchers tied to arson and the Bundy takeover at Malheur), pardoned by DJ Trump?

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