Chrisman will Direct Resources Agency

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Dec. 1, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Michael Chrisman as the new Secretary of Resources. Senate confirmation is required.

The Resources Agency is the steward of the state's diverse resources. It oversees 15,000 employees and administers a budget in excess of $5 billion. It is home to several boards and departments whose responsibilities range from managing California's water systems; fish, wildlife and plant resources and habitats; lands, including parks; oil, gas and geothermal resources; mine reclamation; fire protection; and emergency response.

It shares some interests with another of the Governor's cabinets, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA). Whereas the Resources Agency's primary role is resource management, Cal-EPA’s primary role is environmental protection and restoration. Cal-EPA is responsible, through its various boards and departments for air quality, water quality, waste management and pesticide regulation. Cal-EPA's work is conducted both programmatically (e.g., air quality planning to achieve federal and state standards) and on a case by case basis through permitting and regulation of emission sources.

Chrisman has vast experience in resource management, environmental policy and agriculture. Since 1996 he has served as the region manager for Southern California Edison. He was undersecretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and deputy secretary for operations/legislation for the Resources Agency under Governor Wilson. Wilson later appointed him president of the California Fish and Game Commission and he now serves as the Chairman of the Board of both the Great Valley Center and the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks Foundation.

He is past president of the Agricultural Leadership Associates, a former member of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control and past director of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Chrisman is also a former advisor to the Assembly Republican Caucus on agriculture, water and environmental issues and served as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Bill Jones. He has overseen his family's farming operation in Tulare county since 1966.
Chrisman holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Extension Education and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy/Plant Science from the University of Arizona.

CMTA looks forward to working with Secretary Chrisman and the Resources Agency.
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