Released On: June 15, 2009
"Craig Bell's experience, calm mediation skills and keen insight will be missed by those who served with him in the water community. "Craig and I closely collaborated during my time on Capitol Hill and, most recently, in my first weeks as Commissioner. I relied on his counsel. Craig was always low-key but, simmering beneath that calm exterior, you knew he was looking ahead - searching for new ways to meet future water needs and tackle the current challenges facing western water management.
"Of course, this is a tragic blow for his family, but also for the many friends and colleagues who knew first-hand of his hard work and dedication to the challenges of providing water to the West."
Michael L. Connor was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as the 18th Commissioner of Reclamation. He was sworn-in by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on June 1, 2009.
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