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Head of Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality announces retirement

Steve Thompson led the Oklahoma agency for 11 years.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: July 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: July 23, 2013

The executive director of the state Department of Environmental Quality the past 11 years is retiring. Steve Thompson will retire Oct. 1, it was announced Monday.

Thompson joined DEQ as its deputy director in 1993 when the state Pollution Control Department was folded into the agency. He previously worked for the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department, leading the natural resources section.

Thompson praised

John Wendling, chairman of the agency's board of directors, said Thompson's service has been a valuable asset to the state. Wendling said the board will focus on finding an executive director candidate “who will carry DEQ's dedication to the protection of public health and the environment forward.”

Thompson thanked agency employees for establishing a reputation of promoting customer service while maintaining compliance with environmental regulations.