Petty tapped for Interior Department post on water and science

Timothy Petty has been named assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Timothy Petty has been named assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior. | File photo

Following the selection of Timothy Petty as the next assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Secretary Ryan Zinke conveyed approval of the nomination, lauding Petty’s experience.

“Dr. Tim Petty brings years of quality service and experience to the team at the department, and we could not be happier with the President’s choice for the position,” Zinke said. “Dr. Petty has served as the acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary for Water and Science at the department before, and we are excited to put him back to work for the American people in the [President Donald] Trump Administration.”

Petty previously served in the same position during the George W. Bush administration. Additionally, he worked for other elected officials and as a geologist and hydrogeologist. His appointment drew positive response from several industry stakeholders as well as government leaders.

Petty obtained a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s from University of Maryland, and a doctorate from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

He is currently deputy legislative director and assistant on water, natural resources, environment, scientific and related issues for Sen. James Risch (R-ID), who applauded Petty’s depth of comprehension on water and science matters.

“I can’t imagine a more qualified individual than Tim … as assistant secretary for Water and Science,” Risch said. “I don’t feel my office is losing his incredible talent, rather our country is gaining it and will be exceptionally served under his leadership.”

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