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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.

Paula L. CobbPaula L. Cobb
Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs

Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs Paula L. Cobb provides oversight and direction to DEP’s regulatory divisions and six district offices. Paula previously served as director of DEP’s Division of Air Resource Management.

Prior to joining the department, Paula practiced environmental and administrative law. She earned degrees from the University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina School of Law and Vermont Law School, where she focused on environmental law and policy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and twin daughters, Arden and Maya.


Last updated: January 14, 2015

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