Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Sean Logan Names John Husted Chief of the Division of Mineral Resources Management
COLUMBUS, OH - Sean D. Logan, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), today announced that John Husted has been named chief of ODNR’s Division of Mineral Resources Management (MRM). Mr. Husted has worked for the division since 1980, and has most recently held the position of deputy chief of MRM. The chief of the Division of MRM has a broad range of responsibility, involving the management, regulation and utilization of Ohio’s coal, mineral, aggregate, and oil and gas resources.
“The role of coal, oil and gas, and other minerals in Ohio’s energy future is rapidly evolving,” said Director Logan. “We are proud to have a new chief who has the experience necessary to deal with these complex issues, while also having the flexibility to weigh all sides of each decision and form the kinds of working, common sense solutions that best serve all Ohioans.”
As deputy chief, Mr. Husted has played a major role in the implementation of the new coal regulatory provisions of HB 443 and in the overall operations of the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program. His past roles included work in the division’s regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land programs as a reclamation inspector, environmental scientist, manager and then deputy chief.
Prior to his deputy chief appointment, Mr. Husted served for 15 years as AML program manger, and was responsible for the AML emergency and forfeiture programs. He also managed the AML geotechnical section, which provides drilling and geotechnical support for the AML program. Mr. Husted serves as liaison for ODNR with the Ohio Mine Subsidence Insurance Governing Board, which oversees the Mine Subsidence Insurance (MSI).
Mr. Husted is a 1979 graduate of Hocking College and has an associate’s degree in forestry.
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Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations