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WDDE: DNREC Sec. O'Mara leaving Gov. Markell's cabinet

DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara will step down this summer to head the National Wildlife Federation. O’Mara joined Gov. Jack Markell’s (D-Delaware) Cabinet in 2009 after working for the city of San Jose, California where he promoted environmentally sustainable economic development practices. At the time, he was the youngest cabinet official in the country.

Gov. Markell said in a statement he is “sad to see him leave the administration,” but praised O’Mara’s track record leading DNREC.

“When he moves on in July, he will leave a strong and capable team prepared to build on a legacy of remarkable improvements to the quality of life in our state, including huge reductions in air pollution and impressive upgrades in our ability to deal with major storms,” read Markell’s statement. “Collin’s leadership has helped make Delaware a nationally recognized leader in energy and climate change policies.”

During his tenure at DNREC, O’Mara also oversaw the implementation of a statewide recycling program, promoted efforts to fight childhood obesity and expanded Delaware’s trails and bike paths network.