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Released On: January 11, 2010

Reclamation Names Leavitt as LC Region's New Financial Management Office Director
Lower Colorado Regional Director Lorri Gray-Lee announced today the selection of Rick Leavitt as the Region's Financial Management Office (FMO) Director.

From his office in Boulder City, Leavitt will manage the Lower Colorado Region's financial management program, including financial oversight of the Region's internal controls, and audit and financial statements. The Lower Colorado Region, which includes southern Nevada, southern California, Arizona, and portions of southern Utah and western New Mexico, also includes offices in Phoenix and Yuma AZ, and Temecula, CA.

"Rick"s financial management experience, including a stint as the Region's Finance Officer make him a great addition to the Region's senior management team," said Gray-Lee. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this job that will be invaluable as we address future financial management issues in the Region."

"I am excited and honored to be selected for this job," said Leavitt. "I appreciate the team environment that exists in the office and look forward to working with others throughout the Region and the Bureau of Reclamation and to meet all significant challenges."

Leavitt fills the vacancy left by the former FMO Director, Bruce Stockinger, who retired in December.

Leavitt began working in the Region in 1993 as a stay-in-school student/employee. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned a B.S. degree in financial management - accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a title he earned after ranking third when he took the Nevada CPA exam.

"I look for a job that is challenging, exciting and offers opportunities for a variety of topics," said Leavitt. "With Reclamation, I have an opportunity to be involved with water, power, loans, grants, contracts and numerous other areas."

Leavitt and his wife reside in Henderson, Nevada, and have three children.

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