TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet today
unanimously voted to approve Mimi A. Drew as Secretary of the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection.
“Secretary Drew has more than 30 years of technical, supervisory, and
administrative experience with Florida environmental issues,” said Governor
Crist. “She is a proven leader, and I am confident she will continue to serve
the people of Florida responsibly and with integrity.”
Drew has served as Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection since September 10, 2010. Previously, she served as the
agency’s deputy secretary of regulatory programs beginning in 2007, and as
director of the division of water resource management beginning in January 1995.
Drew received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, as well as a
master’s degree in environmental engineering and sciences.
"I am honored to serve as Secretary of the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection," said DEP Secretary Mimi Drew. "I am committed to
ensuring Florida's dynamic natural resources, state lands, waterbodies and
beaches are protected and continue to rank among the most beautiful natural
treasures in the world."
The Department of Environmental Protection is the lead agency in state
government for environmental management and stewardship and is one of the more
diverse agencies in state government, protecting our air, water, and land. The
Department is divided into three primary areas: Regulatory Programs, Land and
Recreation and Planning and Management. Florida's environmental priorities
include restoring America's Everglades, improving air quality, restoring and
protecting the water quality in our springs, lakes, rivers and coastal waters,
conserving environmentally-sensitive lands and providing citizens and visitors
with recreational opportunities, now and in the future.