The governor has appointed a new Director of State Lands. Bridget Hill will take over the post from Ryan Lance later this month, when he moves on to a job in the private sector.
The Office of State Lands and Investments manages millions of acres of surface and mineral estate in Wyoming, generating revenues to fund schools and other public services.
Lance served as director for two and a half years. During his tenure he pushed for rules to govern flaring from natural gas wells on state lands.
Hill currently works for the Attorney General’s office, and spent six years as legal counsel to the agency she’s about to take over.
“It’s important work for the state, it’s tremendously important to the people of our state, and the schoolchildren of our state, and I take it very seriously," Hill says.
Lance will join a Cheyenne law firm when he leaves his post on October 18.