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Gov. Ricketts Congratulates Natural Resources Director on Retirement

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Gov. Ricketts Congratulates Natural Resources Director on Retirement  


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts congratulated Jeff Fassett, the Director of Natural Resources (DNR), on his pending retirement.  Fassett has served as DNR director since August 2015.


“I want to express my deep gratitude to Jeff for leading the department over the past four and a half years,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Jeff was the right leader at the right time.  From agriculture to recreation, he helped build trust and solve problems collaboratively by developing solid lines of communication among interested stakeholders.”


During Fassett’s tenure, Nebraska secured a settlement of claims regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact with the help of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.  Additionally, DNR completed major basin plans for the Republican River and the Upper Platte River.


“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve Governor Ricketts and the people of Nebraska,” said Director Fassett.  “Nebraska has an outstanding team at DNR, who are working every day to keep our state growing.  With their help, Nebraska will continue to be a leader in water management for years to come.”


Fassett’s last day will be February 28th.  Gov. Ricketts has commenced his search for the next director.  Jesse Bradley will serve as the interim director.