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Deal taps new head of state EPD
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A former member of then-Gov. Sonny Perdue’s executive counsel and Griffin resident has been nominated to take the helm of the state’s Environmental Protection Division.
Gov. Nathan Deal last week announced he has tapped Jud Turner to serve as the next director of the EPD.
“Jud Turner brings a wealth of experience, expertise and leadership to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division,” Deal said.
The nomination requires approval from the board of the Department of Natural Resources. If approved, Turner will begin work the first week in January.
Turner will succeed Allen Barnes, who is resigning from state government to pursue interests in the private sector while continuing his important role as a member of Georgia’s tri-state water negotiations team.
Since serving as executive counsel, Turner has served both Govs. Perdue and Deal as special executive counsel in negotiations between the states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida related to the ACF and ACT basins and on other matters involving Georgia’s other shared river basins.
The Albany native and his wife, Courtney, live in Griffin with their two children.

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