TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy announced that Catherine R. McCabe, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will be retiring as of January 15, 2021.
Commissioner McCabe was an early appointment to Governor Murphy’s cabinet, selected to lead the high-impact agency after a long career as an environmental lawyer and manager with the federal government, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice. McCabe last served as Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA’s Region 2 office in New York City from 2014 to 2018. In 2017, she served as the Acting Administrator of the EPA and as Acting Regional Administrator of EPA Region 2.
“Through Catherine’s leadership, our Administration has advanced critical initiatives to protect the environment and public health for future generations,” said Governor Murphy. “From helping to enact New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation environmental justice law to reigniting the State’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change, Commissioner McCabe has restored the Department to its rightful place as a national leader in environmental protection. I wish her nothing but the best as she enters retirement. There is no greater job than being a grandmother.”
“It has been an honor to lead New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, helping to implement Governor Murphy’s bold vision in this critical time,” said Commissioner McCabe. “Together with partners across the Administration, supported by DEP’s exceptional career professionals, we have made New Jersey stronger and fairer through our respect for science and the rule of law, our commitment to equity and environmental justice, and stepping up to confront the most pressing environmental and public health challenges of our time. I am confident that, under Governor Murphy’s leadership, our DEP team will continue to ensure that future generations of New Jerseyans will breathe cleaner air, drink safer water, and enjoy our abundant natural resources.”
Over the last three years, under Commissioner McCabe’s leadership, the Department of Environmental Protection has:
The Governor will be announcing a successor in the coming weeks.