Published Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 10:30 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 5:58 p.m.
CARSON CITY – Gov. Jim Gibbons today named Leo Drozdoff as acting director of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to succeed Allen Biaggi, who is retiring April 30 after 30 years in state government.
Drozdoff is administrator of the state Division of Environmental Protection and has been with that agency for 19 years. That is one of the eight divisions in the conservation and natural resources department.
Before becoming administrator of environmental protection, Drozdoff was chief of the Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation.
Biaggi was selected by Gov. Bob Miller as administrator of the state Division of Environmental Protection and served in staff positions before that.
He was appointed to his present position by Gov. Kenny Guinn and kept in the position by Gov. Jim Gibbons, who said Biaggi’s “devotion to public service is unparalleled. I consider him a consummate professional and a good friend.”
As director, Biaggi oversees the divisions of environmental protection, forestry, state parks, state lands, water resources, conservation districts, the natural heritage and the wild horse programs.
His department is involved in such issues as the battle for water in rural Nevada by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the location of a giant dump near Winnemucca to accept trash from California.