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Del. Environment Secretary to Head Wildlife Group

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DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara
DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary, Collin O'Mara, is stepping down from his post to become president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

Officials with Gov. Jack Markell's administration confirmed Thursday that O'Mara will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control after the state's legislative session ends in July to lead the Reston, Va.-based group.

The 35-year-old O'Mara was tapped by Markell to lead Delaware's environmental agency in 2009, making him the youngest state cabinet official in the nation at the time. Currently, O'Mara is at the front of the Markell administration's push for a water service fee to raise funds to clean up DE's water.

O'Mara, previously served as "clean tech strategist" for the city of San Jose, Calif.

In a statement, O'Mara said, "For the past five years I have fallen in love with the remarkable natural resources across our state. I’m proud of the work of our team at DNREC has done under the governor’s leadership to clean up our air, water and soils, conserve and restore critical habitat, expand recreational opportunities and prepare our state for storms and other climate threats.  I’m looking forward to promoting the common-sense solutions that we’ve advanced in Delaware across the nation to protect wildlife and fishery habitat, expand environmental education, and address climate change.”

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