Romney Appoints New Environmental Affairs Secretary

Governor Mitt Romney today announced that Robert W. Golledge Jr. has been named secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), replacing Stephen R. Pritchard, who resigned to assist with the Governor’s safety review of the Big Dig.

For the past three years, Golledge has been the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), which has employed innovative approaches to protect public health and the Commonwealth’s natural resources from pollution and contamination.

‘Bob Golledge loves the environment and has dedicated his professional life to the protection of our natural resources,’ said Governor Romney. ‘He will continue to advocate for strong, sensible environmental management in his new post as secretary.’

Under Commissioner Golledge’s leadership, MassDEP has been a national environmental leader that has realized numerous significant achievements, including:

  • Becoming the first state in the nation to establish a drinking water standard for the chemical perchlorate in order to protect sensitive populations;
  • Setting tough standards requiring significant reductions of mercury emissions from power plants; and
  • Increasing enforcement against environmental violators – one such effort was a unique aerial enforcement initiative that detected illegal wetland destruction through the use of computer-mapping technology.

‘During my tenure, MassDEP continued its tradition of establishing clear and protective standards and innovative environmental problem-solving,’ Golledge said. ‘The environment matters to all citizens of Massachusetts and to the health of our Commonwealth. As Secretary, I look forward to working with the stakeholders to ensure the safe stewardship of our natural resources and the protection of the public health.’

Golledge has extensive experience in environmental management in both the public and private sectors. Prior to becoming MassDEP commissioner, he was the Massachusetts Director of Environmental Sciences for the national consulting firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Golledge also spent 13 years with MassDEP prior to his appointment as Commissioner, serving as director of the department’s Central Regional Office in Worcester, MassDEP chief of staff and director of the Division of Wetlands and Waterways. While at MassDEP, he managed the implementation of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the State Clean Water Act and the Chapter 91 Waterways Program.

Earlier this year, Golledge received the Paul G. Keough Award for Government Service from the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has also received Public Service Awards for his environmental work from the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association.

Golledge holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maine, Orono and served for two years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. He resides in Canton with his wife, Susan, and their three children.