Nebraska Environment And Energy Director Stepping Down


      The Director of the Nebraska Dept of Environment and Energy has resigned. Jim Macy’s last day of work will be April 19. 

       Macy had spent 28 years with the Missouri Dept of Natural Resources and 2 years in the private sector in the water and wastewater field, when he was named by then-Gov Pete Ricketts as Director of the Dept of Environmental Quality in March 2015.

       He later oversaw the merger of that agency and the Dept of Natural Resources, which took place in July 2019 and continued as director of the combined Dept of Environment and Energy.

     Governor Jim Pillen, in announcing the retirement, thanked Macy for his 9 years of public service to the residents of Nebraska and wished him well in all future endeavors. 

      Pillen named Thad Fineran will serve as interim director of Environment and Energy; Fineran is currently chief of staff to Major General Craig Strong, adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard. 

     Pillen says a national recruitment firm has been enlisted to conduct the search for a new director of Environment and Energy and that Fineran will continue as interim director until the permanent appointment is made.