Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday promoted from within and appointed Maia Bellon as the new director of the state Department of Ecology.
Bellon has headed the Water Resources Program at the Department of Ecology, where she’s worked since 2010.
As the program manager, she oversaw management of the state’s water resources, including allocation of water and protection of water rights. Before working for Ecology, Bellon was an assistant Attorney General assigned to Ecology’s Water Section. She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College and the Arizona State University College of Law.
Inslee in a statement said Bellon will play a key role in shepherding his first piece of executive request legislation, the Yakima River Basin Water, Jobs and Fish Bill.
Bellon replaces Ted Sturdevant, who led the state Department of Ecology for the past three years before becoming Inslee’s executive director for legislative affairs and policy.