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Carolyn Chad Selected as Columbia-Cascades Deputy Area Manager

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322
Dawn Wiedmeier, (509) 575-5848 ext. 202

For Release: January 16, 2015

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region announced that Carolyn Chad has been selected as the new Columbia-Cascades Deputy Area Manager in Yakima. She replaces Dawn Wiedmeier who became the area manager last year.

As Deputy Area Manager, Chad will provide leadership, oversight, and direction to more than 180 employees involved in a variety of Reclamation programs and activities related to water management and other related natural and energy resources in Washington and Oregon. She began her new role Jan. 12.

"I am excited that Carolyn has accepted the position," said Dawn Wiedmeier, Columbia-Cascades Area Manager. "She brings a wealth of experience as a manager and leader. She has successfully developed and maintained working relationships with both internal and external parties."

Chad has 24 years of Federal service. Prior to accepting this assignment, she served as the Associate District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management in Vale, Oregon. Before that, she was the Field Manager for BLM also in Vale. In addition, Chad worked for a year as a District Ranger in Hines on a detail for the U.S. Forest Service.

Chad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management from Humboldt State University in California and graduated from the BLM Leadership Academy.

CCAO is headquartered in Yakima and oversees Reclamation projects in Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, and central and western Oregon.

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