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February 10, 2012

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DEP Assistant Commissioner Siekerka to Lead Water Resource Management and Robert A. Marshall to Join DEP as Assistant Commissioner for Sustainability and Green Energy

(12/P12) TRENTON -Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced changes in DEP senior management, redeploying effective Administration leaders to critical posts to most effectively carry out the Department's five priority goals and continue transformation. 

Assistant Commissioner for Economic Growth and Green Energy (EGGE) Michele Siekerka will replace current Assistant Commissioner for Water Resource Management John Plonski, who is leaving the Department. Robert A. Marshall, who currently serves in the Office of Counsel to the Governor, is joining DEP to lead EGGE. To more accurately reflect the mission and activities of that office, its name has been changed to Sustainability and Green Energy (SAGE).

"After pioneering DEP's then-newly established EGGE office, I appreciate Michele Siekerka's willingness to take on another new challenge," said Commissioner Martin. "Michele's extensive work on the State Strategic Plan Steering Committee combined with her strategic management skills will enable DEP to develop and execute strategies for comprehensive water management and a sustainable water infrastructure for New Jersey."

From her work with sustainability and green energy, Siekerka brings to the Division of Water Resources a deep understanding of the key roles of green infrastructure, waste minimization and appropriate water reclamation for beneficial reuse.

"Bob Marshall has agreed to bring his deep understanding of environmental and energy policy issues to DEP," said Commissioner Martin. "Bob's career in public service spans multiple State agencies, and his broad experience will be a valuable addition to our senior team."

Marshall has worked closely with the DEP for the past two years on a wide range of issues as Assistant Counsel to Governor Christie for matters involving the environment, energy and agriculture, including development of the 2011 Energy Master Plan. He has served previously in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety as Deputy Attorney General, where he handled DEP, Treasury, and Agriculture matters.

"I want to thank John Plonski for his loyalty, commitment and service to the DEP and the State," said Commissioner Martin, "and I have great confidence in the leadership of Michele and Bob as we continue to transform the agency and work toward our priority goals."

These senior staff changes are effective immediately.                                                               



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