BLM Announces Appointments to Three Key Leadership Positions
The Bureau of Land Management today announced the appointment of three
career professionals to key leadership positions in the agency's Alaska,
Idaho, and Montana state offices.
Bud Cribley, currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Director for
Renewable Resources and Planning in the BLM’s headquarters office, will
serve as the new State Director in Alaska; Jamie Connell, now the Northwest
Colorado District Manager, will be the new State Director in Montana; and
former BLM employee Steve Ellis, currently Forest Supervisor of the
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in the Pacific Northwest, returns to the
agency as the Idaho State Director. All three positions became vacant when
the incumbents retired. Reporting dates have yet to be determined.
“These three outstanding land managers bring decades of experience,
including proven management skills, to their new positions. I’m delighted
that they have accepted new professional opportunities,” said BLM Director
Bob Abbey in announcing these appointments.
Bud Cribley joined the BLM in 1975 as a Range and Conservation Technician
in the Arizona Strip District. Since then, he has held several positions
with the BLM in Montana and Colorado. Before moving to Washington, he
served as the Assistant District Manager for the Winnemucca District in
Nevada. In 1997, he moved to Washington, D.C., as a senior specialist with
the Wild Horse and Burro program, later heading up the Rangeland Resources
Division. In 2006, he served as Acting State Director in Idaho, before
returning to Washington, D.C., as Deputy Assistant Director for Renewable
Resource and Planning. Cribley holds a B.S. in Forestry from Stephen F.
Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He enjoys hunting and
fishing and looks forward to returning to those activities in Alaska.
Cribley currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Karen, and has
three daughters and one granddaughter.
Steve Ellis grew up on a family farm in Illinois, and began his 31-year
federal career in 1979 when he joined BLM Idaho’s Burley Office as a
forester. Since then he has served in a variety of positions with the BLM,
including Acting Associate District Manager in Las Vegas and Area Manager
in BLM’s Shoshone District in Idaho, District Manager of the BLM Oregon’s
Lakeview Office, and Acting Forest Supervisor of the Fremont-Winema
National Forest. He also spent five years in Washington, D.C., including
one year as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Ellis holds a B.S.
in Forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and an M.S. in
Geography from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb. He and his wife,
Linda, a family nurse practitioner, raised three children—all born in
Idaho—and have one grandchild. Ellis is a licensed private pilot, and with
his wife, enjoys riding and packing their horses in western Idaho and
Jamie Connell was born in Butte, Mont., and received her B.S. in Petroleum
Engineering from Montana Tech in 1985. She began her BLM career in 1985 as
a petroleum engineer in Miles City, Mont. For the past 18 years, Jamie has
been a public land manager for the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service in
locations across the West, including Great Falls and Malta, Mont.; Boise,
Idaho; and Montrose, Silverthorne, Glenwood Springs, and Grand Junction,
all in Colorado. In addition, she successfully completed the federal
Senior Executive Service candidate development program, during which she
was detailed to a number of positions, including in the BLM’s headquarters
office in Washington, D.C. Her experience ranges from overseeing
significant levels of energy development on public lands, to managing the
largest alpine skiing permits on America’s National Forest System lands, to
oversight of numerous BLM National Conservation Areas. Since February
2009, Connell has served as the BLM’s Northwest Colorado District Manager.
She enjoys hiking, skiing, canoeing and fly fishing.
The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other
Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands,
is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau,
with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of
sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use
mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for
the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau
accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation,
livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by
conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public