Utah Governor's Office
Brian Steed

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday appointed Brian Steed as executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

Steed will replace Mike Styler, who announced his retirement Friday.

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Steed is currently the deputy director over policy and programs for the Bureau of Land Management. He also served as chief of staff to Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, from 2013-17 and as deputy attorney for Iron County. He holds a doctorate in public policy with an emphasis in environmental policy from Indiana University Bloomington, as well as a Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law.

“Brian is not only qualified for this position, he is also passionate about implementing best management practices for Utah’s natural resources,” Herbert said in a statement. “His commitment to sound environmental policy will be an integral part of his service in this new role, and I look forward to working with him.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate. Pending confirmation, Steed will begin his service following Styler’s retirement on June 1.