SALT LAKE CITY — Kim Shelley, the current deputy director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, will take over as executive director and consultant Redge Johnson becomes coordinator of the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Gov.-elect Spencer Cox announced Thursday in a prepared statement.
“Both Kim and Redge have depth of experience and the respect of their colleagues. They each are uniquely qualified to take on these new roles,” Cox said in the announcement. “We’re excited to have them join our team as we get to work for the public good.”
Johnson previously worked for the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Nature Conservancy, Cox noted, and most recently helped the state and Utah’s counties to craft plans for managing their natural resources. He takes the helm from outgoing public lands Director Kathleen Clarke.
Shelley, a research and development engineer, has previously overseen permitting for wastewater projects and has represented Utah in a seven-state effort to coordinate salinity control efforts for the Colorado River. She succeeds Executive Director Scott Baird.
Inauguration for Cox and Lt. Gov-elect Deidre Henderson is Jan. 4.
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said Scott Baird was interim executive director. He was appointed executive director in 2019.