Ritter nominates environmentalist to Health Department post | SummitDaily.com

Ritter nominates environmentalist to Health Department post

DENVER – Gov.-elect Bill Ritter on Friday nominated James Martin, a prominent environmental leader, to be the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.Ritter said it was part of his promise to make sure the agency performs its dual role to protect public health and the environment at the same time.”Protecting the public health and Colorados precious environment is central to fulfilling the Colorado Promise. My administration and the people of Colorado are fortunate that Jim has agreed to lead this department and fulfill that very important mission,” Ritter said.Martin is currently executive director of Western Resource Advocates, a Boulder-based environmental law and policy organization that in the past has focused on the environmental impact of air quality regulation and oil drilling in Colorado.Martin said the department is at the very center of some of the state’s greatest challenges, protecting air and water and assuring basic health services for all the citizens of the state.Carrie Doyle, spokeswoman for the environmental support group Colorado Conservation Voters, praised the appointment and said it shows Ritter’s commitment to protect the environment. She said Western Resource Advocates has been a leader.”This is an organization that puts forward some of the best thinking on public policy. We’re very happy to have someone from the environmental community running the Department of Public Health and Environment,” Doyle said.

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