BLM appoints Pool deputy director for operations

Oct 9, 2009
by WLJ
BLM appoints Pool deputy director for operations

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that Mike Pool, current acting deputy director for Operations, has accepted the position permanently and will formally report in his new capacity on Jan. 1, 2010. His duties will include supervising BLM’s senior executive team and providing management continuity between state offices for all BLM programs.

“I am pleased to welcome Mike aboard as the permanent deputy director for Operations,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “His 34 years as a career BLM employee have prepared him well, and we’ll all benefit from his continued commitment to the BLM here in Washington.”

Reflecting on his career so far, Pool says he is “most proud of the partnerships the BLM has forged with hundreds of organizations, friends groups, and governmental entities throughout the nation. Together with these partners, the BLM’s ability to manage public lands wisely for future generations is strengthened tenfold.”

Pool served as acting director from March 1 to Aug. 7 of this year. Prior to that, as BLM-California state director, he oversaw 15.1 million acres of public lands in California and another 1.5 million in northwestern Nevada. He started his career at the field level and worked in a variety of assignments in Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Nevada, Washington, D.C., and the Department of the Interior.

Pool holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University. He was born in Arizona and grew up in Deming, NM. He and wife Nancy, a nurse administrator, raised two children, Jessica and Justin. — WLJ