CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon announced Wednesday he has appointed Greg Lanning as Wyoming’s new state engineer.

Lanning takes over for Pat Tyrrell, who retired in January after serving as state engineer for 18 years.

The state engineer is a position established by the Wyoming Constitution and has a term of six years. The state engineer serves as the chief water official in the state and is responsible for the general supervision of Wyoming’s waters, including technical, policy and regulatory matters concerning its beneficial use.

The search process involved numerous stakeholders, including experienced water industry professionals and representatives of rural water users; agriculture; the mining, oil and gas industries; and environmental organizations.

“Finding the right state engineer was a challenging process, as the position requires a unique set of technical, policy and political skills,” Gordon said in a news release. “Greg’s background expertly balances these requirements, and I can think of no one better to hit the ground running to lead the way in managing Wyoming’s water. I look forward to welcoming Greg back to his home state of Wyoming.”

A Casper native, Lanning previously served as deputy state engineer under Tyrrell from 2012-14. His broad background in civil engineering and water resource management includes time spent as public works director for communities in Wyoming and neighboring states.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and his Masters in Business Administration degrees at the University of Wyoming. He holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered professional engineer.

Lanning will start his new job Nov. 25.

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