The Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced today that its board has OK'd Gov. Sonny Perdue's nominee to be the next natural resources commissioner.
Chris Clark, who's now the executive director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, will replace current commissioner Noel Holcomb when Holcomb retires in April 2009.
The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority Clark has headed since 2007 provides financing for water and sewer projects. Clark has served on the State Water Council and helped create a Water Supply Division to assist local governments in building reservoirs. He for four years was deputy commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. There he helped bring a new Kia Motors plant to West Point.
A native of Fitzgerald, Clark has a bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University and a master's in public administration from Georgia College and State University. He now lives in Fayette County.
With about 3,000 employees, the natural resources department is charged with managing and conserving wildlife and preserving and protecting coastal marshlands and historic resources. It also enforces hunting, fishing and boating laws and environmental regulations.