Gov. Henry names J.D. Strong environmental secretary - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Gov. Henry names J.D. Strong environmental secretary

Oklahoma City_Press Release_Gov. Brad Henry today named longtime public servant J.D. Strong to his executive cabinet, appointing him to the position of Secretary of the Environment.  He will replace outgoing cabinet officer Miles Tolbert, who recently announced his resignation to take a position in the private sector.  

Strong has worked in the Office of the Secretary of the Environment for the past 12 years, most recently serving as Tolbert's chief of staff.

"J.D. Strong has a proven track record of protecting the state's environment and preserving Oklahomans' most precious resources," said Gov. Henry. "I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running and keep the focus on our state's environmental priorities.  I greatly appreciate his willingness to serve the people of Oklahoma in this important position."

Strong earned a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and began his public service career that year as an environmental scientist for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.  He was named special assistant to the Secretary of Environment in 1996 and later promoted to chief of staff in 2003.

As Miles Tolbert's chief of staff, Strong was responsible for helping implement the governor's environmental agenda, including the state and federal relocations of families in the Tar Creek Superfund site.

As a cabinet officer, Strong will also be responsible for overseeing a number of state environmental agencies including the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Wildlife Conservation, among others.

"This is a great honor and I appreciate Gov. Henry's confidence in me," said Strong.  "I look forward to serving the public in this new role."

Strong resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kalli, and daughter, Edyn.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

    Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

    Saturday, January 20 2018 8:06 AM EST2018-01-20 13:06:36 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:59 PM EST2018-01-21 02:59:14 GMT
    The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
    The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
  • Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'

    Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'

    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:36 PM EST2018-01-20 20:36:49 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:58 PM EST2018-01-21 02:58:40 GMT
    Economists say a lengthy government shutdown could hurt economy, but a short one would be just 'a blip'.
    Economists say a lengthy government shutdown could hurt economy, but a short one would be just 'a blip'.
  • US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

    US marches for women's rights slam Trump, encourage voting

    Saturday, January 20 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-20 16:57:26 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:57 PM EST2018-01-21 02:57:33 GMT
    People line up on Central Park West as they wait for the start of a march highlighting equal rights and equality for women Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)People line up on Central Park West as they wait for the start of a march highlighting equal rights and equality for women Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Across the globe, people are hitting the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

    Across the globe, people are hitting the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

Powered by Frankly