LINCOLN – Mike Linder is stepping down as the state director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Gov. Dave Heineman announced Tuesday.
Linder, a 56-year-old attorney, is taking a legal job in the private sector. He was appointed director by Gov. Mike Johanns in 1999 and has been with the department since 1986. His last day as director will be Dec. 20.
"Under his leadership, the department has worked with our citizens and the private sector to continue utilizing our many natural resources in a responsible manner," Heineman said in a prepared statement.
"I appreciate his many years of service to Nebraska.”
Linder, in a prepared statement, said, “It has been an honor to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska. The balance of protecting the environment and sustaining a vibrant economy has been a great mission. I have enjoyed every minute of it.”