April 22, 2014
MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources has appointed one of its most experienced leaders on water issues to head the agency's Water Division staff. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp today announced the appointment of Russ Rasmussen as administrator. Rasmussen had served as deputy division administrator since 2011.
"I am excited to continue having Russ on our management team and look forward to his input and collaboration," said Stepp. "Having worked in a variety of public and private settings and among different agency programs, Russ brings a unique and much-appreciated perspective to our efforts."
As administrator, Rasmussen will oversee more than 600 professional staff working in drinking and groundwater, fisheries management and surface waters programs across the state.
"It is an exciting opportunity and an honor to be asked by Secretary Stepp and Deputy Secretary Moroney to serve as the administrator of the Water Division," said Rasmussen. "Moving forward, I intend to continue the initiatives started in the division and in the department, including critical projects like e-permitting to help customers more easily navigate our permit system."
Rasmussen brings nearly 40 years of experience to the position, including 16 years in the private sector. He spent the past 22 years working at several state agencies, including the DNR, where he served in a variety of capacities on solid waste, runoff and watershed management issues. Prior to being deputy administrator, Rasmussen served as the Watershed Management Program's director from 2004-2011.
Rasmussen succeeds Ken Johnson, who retired this month after 35 years of government service. Rasmussen begins his new position immediately.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Russ Rasmussen, 608-267-7651