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Cook Inlet RCAC Announces Retirement of Assistant Executive Director Karen Delaney


The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (Cook Inlet RCAC) announces the retirement of its original staff member, Assistant Executive Director Karen Delaney, effective April 5th. After 21-plus years, Karen and her husband Tim will be moving full-time to Montana, where she will begin a new career at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo.

Karen had been working for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Management/Oil Spill Office during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. As Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, creating the Cook Inlet RCAC, it was determined that Karen’s expertise would be invaluable to the new organization. She was hired in October of 1990 as the Office Manager, and later promoted to Assistant Executive Director. During the years, Karen has performed virtually all of the key functions of the Council, and has travelled extensively throughout the Inlet, the State of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and indeed the country communicating the Mission of the Council.

“Karen will be deeply missed by the Board, colleagues and stakeholders of Cook Inlet. She was highly effective, and approached every task with total commitment and dedication,” expressed Council President John Williams. “Her institutional knowledge can never be replaced.”

Cook Inlet RCAC is the Federally-mandated citizens’ organization, formed under the Federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90). Its Mission is to represent the citizens of Cook Inlet in promoting environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations in Cook Inlet. We engage in environmental research and monitoring, oil spill prevention and contingency planning.

For more information about this announcement, or the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and its programs, contact:

Jerry Rombach, Director of Public Outreach


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