appointments to state police, DEQ
Amy F. Bailey
LANSING -- Governor-elect Jennifer Granholm on Monday
appointed an environmental lawyer to head the state Department
of Environmental Quality and a lieutenant colonel in the
Michigan State Police to be the first black director of
Attorney Steven Chester, who was the deputy director
of criminal enforcement for the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency under President Clinton, was nominated to be the
director of the environmental department in Granholm's
Lt. Col. Tadarial Sturdivant, now the deputy director
of the Michigan State Police's Uniform Service Bureau,
was nominated to be the head of the department. Granholm
said he's the first black person to head that department.
"Today's appointments reflect our commitment to protecting
and securing Michigan's future," said Granholm, a Democrat
who takes office next week.
Granholm may announce additional appointments on Thursday,
spokeswoman Genna Gent said.
The Michigan Environmental Council, a group often critical
of outgoing Gov. John Engler's environmental policies,
applauded Chester's appointment.
"He's done a lot of criminal enforcement," said James
Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council.
"It's nice to have someone in there who knows when it's
time to close someone down."
Environmentalists have frequently accused the Engler
administration of failing to address problems such as
air and water pollution, urban sprawl and large animal-feeding
operations that pollute rivers and lakes.
Chester, 48, of Williamston, could eventually be the
head of one department that includes the Department of
Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental
But Chester said any action to combine the agencies depends
on the Natural Resources Commission, which selects the
DNR director. DNR Director K.L. Cool has a contract until
2004, department spokesman Brad Wurfel said.
Monday's announcement came on the heels of last week's
appointments of Lansing Mayor David Hollister as head
of a new labor and economic department; Mary Lannoye as
the state budget director; and Jay Rising as the state
Sturdivant, 47, of Plymouth, has been with the Michigan
State Police since 1978, where he started as a trooper
stationed at the Ypsilanti Post.
Since they were appointed state department heads, Hollister,
Rising, Chester and Sturdivant must be confirmed by the
Republican-controlled state Senate.