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Dec 13, 2012 1:16 PM by MTN News - Helena

Bullock appoints Tooley to MDT, Tubbs to DNRC

Governor-elect Steve Bullock (D) announced on Thursday his choices to run the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and the MT Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC).

Mike Tooley has been appointed to head the MDT, and John Tubbs will lead the DNRC.

Tooley has worked for the Montana Highway Patrol for the last 28 years, most recently leading the organization as Colonel and Chief of the Patrol. He served in the MT Army National Guard and the U.S. Naval Reserve. Tooley was born in Havre and is a Capital High School graduate.

Tubbs worked at the DNRC from 1985 to 2009. Tubbs was most recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for the U.S. Department of the Interior. During his tenure at DNRC, Tubbs was Water Resources Division Administrator, Resource Development Bureau Chief and an economist focusing on energy and water issues. He is a native of Helena.

In a press release, Bullock said, "Looking after our land, water, and critical infrastructure is an important responsibility, and I know John and Mike are up to the job. John and Mike have the passion, energy and expertise to make sure Montana's public and natural resources create even more opportunity for all our families."

Other recent Bullock appointments include:

- Mike Batista as Director of the Department of Corrections

- Pam Bucy as Director of the Department of Labor

- Meg O'Leary as Director of the Department of Commerce

- Tim Burton as Chief of Staff

- Dan Villa as Budget Director

- Ali Bovingdon and Kevin O'Brien as Deputy Chiefs of Staff

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