Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gov. Ritter Appoints New Director of Health & Environment

Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has appointed Martha Rudolph as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Rudolph has served as director of the department’s environmental programs since June 2007. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Martha will bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience to the myriad and diverse services provided by the Department of Public Health and Environment,” Gov. Ritter said. “Protecting Colorado’s air and water and maintaining public health are vital to the future of our great state, and the people of Colorado will be extremely well-served by Martha’s leadership on these important challenges.”

“I am honored that Gov. Ritter has appointed me to this position,” Rudolph said. “I have had the privilege of serving as the director of environmental programs within the department for the last 2½ years, and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this department and its dedicated employees as we continue our mission to improve and protect public health and our environment.”

As director of environmental program, Rudolph oversees the Air Quality, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, Water Quality and Consumer Protection Divisions. An environmental attorney with over 29 years of experience, she served for 14 years in the Colorado Attorney General's Office, where she represented the Air Pollution Control Division, the Hazardous Waste Commission and the Water Quality Control Commission.

She negotiated and helped draft several state environmental laws, including the Colorado Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act and the Colorado Environmental Self-Audit Law. She also served as a member of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission for over six years. She has been in private practice in Denver, and was an assistant general counsel for Kinder Morgan, Inc., a natural gas and energy transportation company.

Rudolph is a 1980 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and she received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977.

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