Governor Announces Departure of Environmental Advisor

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that Ted Wilson, Senior Advisor on the Environment, will leave his post for a position in the private sector. However, Wilson will retain his role as chair of the Governor’s Council on Balanced Resources, as well as his seat on the Governor’s Energy Task Force.

“With his vast public service experience and inclusive leadership style, Ted has been a tremendous asset to our team and the entire State of Utah,” the Governor said. “He is a collaborator and we brought people together on some of the most difficult issues, from RS2477 roads, to the creation of county-by-county resource management plans for our public lands. Ted’s multi-faceted expertise has been invaluable and he will certainly be missed.”

“I have had a terrific time working for Governor Herbert,” Wilson said. “He has been a friend for many years and we have shared a close and congenial relationship. The Governor has listened closely to my advice, particularly on the environment, and I feel he has done a great job on environmental and public land matters.”

Having battled the notorious 1983 floods as Salt Lake City mayor, Wilson has served as Governor Herbert’s community liaison during the current flood season, and will continue to assist in coordinating the State’s flood response.

Under Wilson’s leadership, the Energy Task Force drafted the 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, a cornerstone of the Governor’s priorities to strengthen the state economy. The effort involved over 100 subcommittee members and represents thousands of hours of work.

“Ted’s commitment to this State is deep in his core. Whether an issue involves the Wasatch Front or the back country, Ted wants what is best for Utah now and in the future,” Governor Herbert added. “I am delighted he has agreed to stay on in his role on the Balanced Resource Council, as well as the Energy Task Force. Not only do I value his perspective, I value his voice in the process.”

The Governor plans to announce a replacement within the coming weeks.