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Reclamation Commissioner Announces Organizational Changes

Media Contact: Kip White, (202) 513-0684,

For Release: November 05, 2003

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John W. Keys III today announced several organizational and staffing changes which, when combined with the significant changes that have been implemented over the last year in Reclamation's Washington and Denver offices -- including the appointment of two Deputy Commissioners -- will further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Reclamation.

"These organizational changes reinforce Reclamation's commitment to remain responsive to our customers and bring our senior executives closer to the stakeholders with whom they interact on a regular basis," Keys said.

The organization reassignments include the appointment of Roseann Gonzales , currently in the position of acting Deputy Director of the Office of Program and Policy Services, as Director of that office, located in Denver, Colo. Gonzales who has served Reclamation in several capacities in the west including time in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Ken Maxey, formerly area manager at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Area Office, will be moving to Denver as Deputy Director of the Office of Program and Policy Services. Maxey has served in the Commissioner's office and the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Water and Science, both in Washington, D.C. Maxey also served the field in several western states.

Jack Garner, who was raised in Northern New Mexico, and currently serves as Deputy Director for Operations in the Commissioner's Office in Washington , will assume the area manager position in Albuquerque in addition to providing leadership as Deputy Director, Operations-West on various critical issues facing Reclamation. In his 30 years of experience working for Reclamation, Garner has held a wide range of positions in Colorado, Washington, D.C., and California.

Fred Ore, currently Manager of Reclamation's Nebraska-Kansas Area Office, will become Deputy Director Operations in Washington. Ore has held a wide variety of positions throughout Reclamation including time spent in Texas and Oklahoma and has previously served in the Commissioner's Office and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. over the course of his 30 year career with the Bureau.

"I am fortunate to have such highly qualified personnel to choose from as we are continuing to make Reclamation more responsive to its constituents. I am confident that these four appointments will allow Reclamation to be more receptive to its customer's interests and it is my pleasure to make this announcement today," Keys concluded.

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