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Regulatory Programs Overview

The Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs provides oversight and direction to DEP's four regulatory divisions and six regulatory district offices.

  • Division of Air Resource Management
  • Division of Water Resource Management
  • Division of Waste Management
  • Six District Offices

The structure of environmental regulation in Florida is based on a programmatic layout. There are four program divisions, which are each managed by a division director. Within the six district offices, a district director provides guidance and oversight to the same four program areas. While each district has some differences in how sections are composed, this approach is generally common to all districts. The divisions do not supervise these district program functions, but rather provide guidance for policy and consistency among districts.

Ryan MatthewsRyan E. Matthews, Esq.
Deputy Secretary

Ryan Matthews is the Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs. In his current capacity as Deputy Secretary, he oversees and directs regulatory programs in Tallahassee and across the state, which carry out the Department’s role in permitting facilities (such as power plants, manufacturing) and providing them assistance with compliance.

Mr. Matthews previously served as the Department’s Director in the Office of Water Policy. In that role, he directed the coordination and implementation of Florida’s statewide water policy with the five water management districts as well as state agencies and various local governments. Prior to joining the Department, Ryan worked for five years in both the General Counsel’s Office and Legislative Affairs Department of the Florida League of Cities.

Ryan is an attorney who earned his JD from Florida Coastal School of Law and his LLM in Environmental Law from Denver University. Ryan lives in Tallahassee with his wife and two children.


Last updated: November 16, 2016

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